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Chardonnay 2013

"The 2013 Chardonnay was barrel fermented (although that is not noted on the label) and aged in French oak (16% new) for nine months. Also, about 20% of the grapes went through six weeks of passito-style dehydration prior to pressing, the winery said. Showing superb integration of wood and fruit, this manages to have a crisp feel despite the oak. The acidity makes it lively and focused. Its overall construction makes it understated, but beautiful, a wine that works with wood, rather than dominated by it. It's very nice. Drink 2016 - 2021" 90 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate; Mark Squires, 6/2016; 

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SKU: 04193-12
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80% of the grapes were immediately whole cluster pressed. The Chardonnay was fermented in French oak with about 16% new oak. The remaining 20% of the grapes were placed, single layer, in shallow trays for six weeks following the traditional Passito method. After natural dehydration, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented in barrels. The two fractions were blended prior to bottling. A full malolactic fermentation lowered the acidity and improved the texture of the wine. The wine was gently filtered prior to bottling.