2020 Chardonnay, Wilson Vineyard
This crisp Chardonnay has a lovely balance of acidity and fruit. Aromas of magnolia and lemon curd open up to flavors of citrus, white peach, and apple.
Neutral French Oak
Sur lies, battonage
Gold/Best of Class – 2021 El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition
Our Clarksburg Chardonnay is barrel fermented, offering a classic sur lies nose, with hints of yeast and toast. We start by pressing the grapes into stainless steel tanks where they are cold settled. We add yeast to get the fermentation started in a homogenous manner. We then divide it among barrels where we stir, or “battonage”, the barrels and fermenting juice daily for the first week. The barrels this wine was fermented and stored in were neutral French oak, so any toasty vanilla comes from the actual fermentation process combined with fruit.