Handley Estate Vineyard, Anderson Valley
In the Vineyard
Made from our CCOF certified Handley Estate Chardonnay. The 2015 vintage was the earliest harvest on record here in Anderson Valley. Warm and dry spring conditions led to early bud break and bloom. Frost events and rainfall were minimal allowing for good fruit set. Drought conditions and low soil moisture limited berry size and yields and resulted in concentrated ripe flavors in the fruit. A blend of old and young vines. The young vines include clone 76 a Burgundian selection and clone 17 a virus free version of the Robert Young clone. The old vines are clone 4, an earlier version of the Robert Young selection, and Ordway field selections sourced here in Anderson Valley.
In the Cellar
Direct pressed whole cluster. The juice was fermented in tank until the brix had dropped one third to half way, then racked to a mix of French oak barrels (20% new). At dryness, approximately one third of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation stirred on the lees until completion. Aged for 8 months in barrel and sterile filtered prior to bottling. No animal derived products were used in the production of this wine.
In the Glass
A few years of bottle age have softened this wine into a silky and elegant expression of cool climate Chardonnay. Alluring aromas of apple blossom, key lime, bosc pear, with subtle undertones of lemon balm, coconut, and pineapple. The bright acidity enlivens the palate with zesty and elegant citrus and stone fruit flavors, accented with notes of nutmeg, allspice, and crushed rock. This wine's pronounced complexity and balanced structure persists into a long and mouthwatering finish.
Appellation: 100% Handley Estate, Anderson Valley, CCOF certified
Date Harvested: September 5 through September 21, 2015
Brix at Harvest: 22.5 to 23.5
Date Bottled: May 24, 2016
Cases Available: 30
Titratable Acidity: 5.6 g/L