Scherrer Vineyard, 1998

$ 50.00

This is a rich and complex expression of Chardonnay from the Scherrer Vineyard. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed to French oak cooperage, where primary and malolactic fermentation occurred. All of these elements were allowed to integrate during its more than yearlong residence in wood. It was bottled without fining or filtration to respect both its delicacy and its more substantial qualities.

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Winemaker's Notes

As I said last year, when I began to experiment with our Alexander Valley Chardonnay in 1997, I was accustomed to working with Russian River Valley fruit. So, I was not prepared for how much I would like this wine. Barrel fermented with special, temperamental yeast, full malolactic fermentation, and bottled without fining, cold stabilization, or filtration, this 350-case experiment exhibits great richness and complexity without going over the top. This second vintage is a little more fine-tuned than its predecessor. Pressing was stopped at moderate juice yields based on taste and, yes, a little juice chemistry. Due to the 1997’s graceful bottle development, it looks like this vineyards wine will easily handle at least moderate cellaring.






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