2012 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 early each morning to preserve sugar and acidity levels in the fruit, then whole cluster pressed cold directly to barrel for a slow, native fermentation. Barrels were stirred to suspend the lees during malolactic fermentation and racked prior to bottling. The wine was aged 10 months in 25% new and 75% two- to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in November 2013.
The 2012 Fogdog Chardonnay boasts bright citrus zest, stone fruit and green apple aromas. Richly textured with nicely balanced acidity to compliment the juicy stone fruit, pineapple and tangy lemon characteristics in this wine. Fresh and lively, with honey toasted almond notes in the smooth, lingering finish.
The 2012 growing season began with normal winter and early spring rains. The 2012 weather pattern more closely aligned with the 2008 growing season, with bud break and veraison occurring earlier than in 2010 and 2011. Coastal morning fog gave way to warm afternoon sunshine during the important summer months for a long, moderate growing season. Grapes were given ample time for even, full maturity with uniform sugar and acid levels.
2012 produced exceptional quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast region. The Chardonnays are nicely textured with distinctive minerality and elegance on the palate.