2011 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
100% Chardonnay from our Freestone Vineyards
Chardonnay grapes were picked in early morning light to preserve sugar and acidity levels in the fruit, then whole cluster pressed directly to barrel for a slow, natural fermentation. Barrels were stirred to suspend the lees during malolactic fermentation and to enhance texture. The wines were racked once prior to bottling on February 13, 2013. Aged 13 months in 40% new and 60% two- to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels.
The 2011 Chardonnay is a mix of the best selections from the estate, including some heirloom selections that help to define the blend’s character and structure. This Chardonnay opens with a bright bouquet overflowing with apple, honeysuckle, white flower and Meyer lemon zest laced with notes of crushed rock and toasted Brioche. Fresh and lively with balanced minerality and a creamy texture, the wine boasts tart green apple, lemon custard and honeydew melon flavors throughout. Long and lingering, the finish is touched with stone fruit and sweet vanilla.
The 2011 growing season was marked by cool weather and rain that lasted until June. Bud break and bloom were later than usual, but by the summer months, moderate temperatures and afternoon sunshine kicked the growing season into gear. A warming trend in September helped the grapes ripen to maturity.
The 2011 Chardonnay growing season was slow and cool, producing exceptional fruit quality with balanced sugar and acid levels. The finished wines are intensely concentrated with a distinctly Freestone spice element.