Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley Nth Degree 2006

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The Nth Degree 2006 Chardonnay Available to Wine Club members only. The fruit that makes up this wine comes from our ...

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The Nth Degree 2006 Chardonnay Available to Wine Club members only. The fruit that makes up this wine comes from our three best chardonnay vineyards in the Livermore Valley, which were all farmed to the Nth Degree. Each row received at least 15 passes during which leaves, shoots, and clusters were removed to insure that only the top quality clusters remained. Water was carefully managed to facilitate balanced growth, and the vines were hand-harvested.Fermentation: The grapes from one of these blocks were allowed to go through natural primary fermentation (meaning no unnatural yeast was added), whereas the other two blocks were inoculated with two different kinds of yeast to add to the complexity and mouthfeel of this Chardonnay. Both primary and malolactic fermentation took place in small oak barrels.Aging: This Chardonnay was aged sur lie for 16 months and stirred weekly to further add to its rich mouthfeel. At least 70% of the oak barrels were new, and we used predominantly French oak and smaller amounts of American and Hungarian oak.Description: This is a beautifully balanced, full-bodied Chardonnay with ripe red apple flavors that integrate perfectly with the intense vanilla and complex butter flavors. With a crisp mouth feel and smooth finish, this is a wonderful example of Livermore Valley Chardonnay.

The Nth Degree 2006 Chardonnay Available to Wine Club members only. The fruit that makes up this wine comes from our three best chardonnay vineyards in the Livermore Valley, which were all farmed to the Nth Degree. Each row received at least 15 passes during which leaves, shoots, and clusters were removed to insure that only the top quality clusters remained. Water was carefully managed to facilitate balanced growth, and the vines were hand-harvested.Fermentation: The grapes from one of these blocks were allowed to go through natural primary fermentation (meaning no unnatural yeast was added), whereas the other two blocks were inoculated with two different kinds of yeast to add to the complexity and mouthfeel of this Chardonnay. Both primary and malolactic fermentation took place in small oak barrels.Aging: This Chardonnay was aged sur lie for 16 months and stirred weekly to further add to its rich mouthfeel. At least 70% of the oak barrels were new, and we used predominantly French oak and smaller amounts of American and Hungarian oak.Description: This is a beautifully balanced, full-bodied Chardonnay with ripe red apple flavors that integrate perfectly with the intense vanilla and complex butter flavors. With a crisp mouth feel and smooth finish, this is a wonderful example of Livermore Valley Chardonnay.

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