The 2018 Burly Chardonnay is sourced from the Razi vineyard and produces an intense wine with aromas of pineapple and oak. At first swirl, complex oak, vanilla, and butter leap from the glass. The palate has rich flavors of lemon and pear which are supported by elegant minerality and lively acidity. The sur lie aging rounds out this wine, creating a broad mid-palate and a smooth lingering finish of oak and citrus.
Making the Wine
The grapes were picked early in the morning and came in cold. The grapes were pressed into new oak barrels and cold fermented by native yeast. The fermentation took 45 days at 65 F. The wine was then aged sur lie for 15 months.
||September 25, 2018
||New American Oak
February 2018 saw abundant rains. Bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under good weather conditions. Summer had lots of sun during the day and cool marine influences at night. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.