Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 35% new oak, 65% neutral, 75% malolactic fermentation
The 2017 growing season delivered another stunning expression of Chardonnay from our Running Creek Vineyard, with alluring aromas of zesty citrus, Fuji apple and ripe peach. On the palate, bright acidity and subtle hints of toasty French oak frame the lush layers of orchard fruit, carrying the wine to a long and energetic finish.
2017 offered idyllic growing conditions with plentiful winter and spring rains, which led to an excellent fruit set. While the summer was warm, with occasional heat spikes, healthy canopies and thoughtful pruning provided ideal dappled sunlight on the vines. Just as our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were achieving ideal ripeness, a major heat event hit the valley. The result was an extremely brisk harvest with long nights of hand-picking and days full of sorting, destemming and pressing. While the pace of harvest was challenging, the fruit came in beautifully, fermented flawlessly and yielded wines with vibrant fruit and lovely acidity.