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Vineyard 7 & 8 Chardonnay Estate United States 2009

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In 1999, the Steffen Family purchased the land that is now Vineyard 7 & 8. The focus is entirely on two varietals representative of the Spring Mountain terroir; Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery sits almost on top of the Spring Mountain ridge at an elevation of slightly above 2000 feet. Led by winemaker, Luc Morlet, the approach is based on a collaborative effort to make the best wines possible from their vineyards. Luc studied in France, holding degrees in Enology from Rheims University, France and Viticulture from Ecole Viticole de Champagne. Wesley Steffens assists Luc in the winemaking process, and manages the daily operations in the winery and vineyard. Wes spent four harvests at Harlan Estate, where he gained an appreciation and understanding of the entire winemaking process. The sustainably farmed, hand-picked vineyards, which lie above the fog, bring late ripening, low yields, natural drainage sit atop sedimentary, volcanic, and clay soils. Small fermentations, strict sorting of the fruit, techniques based on cleanliness and organization are all part of the winemaking approach.

Region: Italy

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  • 2009

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Winery: Vineyard 7 & 8
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Vineyard 7 & 8:
Led by our Winemaker, Luc Morlet, our approach is based on a collaborative effort to make the best wines possible from our vineyards. These vineyards, which lie above the fog, bring late ripening, low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil. This adds to the distinctive quality of our wine, which is unlike any other appellation. Our facility allows us to micromanage the entire p... Read more
Led by our Winemaker, Luc Morlet, our approach is based on a collaborative effort to make the best wines possible from our vineyards. These vineyards, which lie above the fog, bring late ripening, low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil. This adds to the distinctive quality of our wine, which is unlike any other appellation. Our facility allows us to micromanage the entire process, beginning in the vineyards and ending with the consumer. Small fermentations, strict sorting of the fruit, techniques based on cleanliness and organization...these philosophies are all part of our winemaking approach. Read less

In 1999, the Steffen Family purchased the land that is now Vineyard 7 & 8. The focus is entirely on two varietals representative of the Spring Mountain terroir; Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery sits almost on top of the Spring Mountain ridge at an elevation of slightly above 2000 feet. Led by winemaker, Luc Morlet, the approach is based on a collaborative effort to make the best wines possible from their vineyards. Luc studied in France, holding degrees in Enology from Rheims University, France and Viticulture from Ecole Viticole de Champagne. Wesley Steffens assists Luc in the winemaking process, and manages the daily operations in the winery and vineyard. Wes spent four harvests at Harlan Estate, where he gained an appreciation and understanding of the entire winemaking process. The sustainably farmed, hand-picked vineyards, which lie above the fog, bring late ripening, low yields, natural drainage sit atop sedimentary, volcanic, and clay soils. Small fermentations, strict sorting of the fruit, techniques based on cleanliness and organization are all part of the winemaking approach.

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