2011 Fogdog Chardonnay
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100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sourced from our Freestone estate vineyards and the Dutton Ranch Mill Station Vineyard.
Chardonnay grapes were picked at dawn to preserve sugar and acidity levels in the fruit, then whole cluster pressed directly to barrel for a slow, native fermentation. The wine was aged for 8 months and barrels were stirred only when necessary to suspend the lees during malolactic fermentation and racked once prior to bottling.
This wine has a fragrant bouquet of honeysuckle, green apple and stone fruit with notes of wet stone and sweet vanilla. Lush and inviting with waves of green apple, pear and toasted nuts to complement the firm acidity and natural minerality in this impeccably balanced Chardonnay.
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 in gear. A heat spike in September was a welcome blessing. Grapes ripened to maturity and we were able to pick the majority of our fruit before the October rains. The Chardonnay harvest began on September 30th and continued through October 25th. Fruit was clean and evenly ripened with lower than normal overall yields.