Club Price $38.40
Our Limited Release Chardonnay captures both the essence of the vintage and of the Los Carneros AVA. It displays great intensity and fruit focus, which can stand up to the whole cluster pressing, sur lies aging and malolactic fermentation. This wine offers delicate aromas of citrus, jasmine blossom, and nectarine, with a slight hint of honeysuckle and vanilla bean. The citrus and stone fruit flavors are complemented by a bright acidity. It is a beautifully balanced and well-integrated Chardonnay with superb structure and bright acidity.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 14.2% by vol.; TA: 6.4 G/L; pH: 3.43
Cooperage: 100% Fermented in Oak (30% New)
The grapes for this wine were handpicked at night, and came straight to the winery, where they were whole cluster pressed, using a slow champagne cycle that gently pushes the must rendering clean juice but few solids. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper placed 100% of the juice into French oak barrels (30% new), a mix of puncheon and Burgundy, from different cooperages. After primary ermentation, the wine went through malolactic fermentation, with weekly bâtonnage (lees stirring); the wines were tasted weekly to determine when to stop ML fermentation in each of the individual components of this wine. This final blend is 50% ML complete, in order to add texture and richness to the mid palate, while retaining acidity and freshness. Wine was aged on its lees for ten months.
We sourced the majority of the grapes from two blocks of Chardonnay in a neighboring vineyard we have worked with for many years, in the Sonoma side of Los Carneros. The remaining fruit from two high elevation blocks in our Estate Vineyard, across the street from the winery. The blocks in our Estate Vineyard have Northern exposure, and are therefore more protected from the sun. These are ideal conditions to grow Chardonnay, granting us grapes that are incredibly balanced, and have great acidity. The combination of fruit from the Napa and Sonoma side of Los Carneros, creates a wine with great balance, true to our unique AVA.
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.