2012 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
The 2012 harvest was almost perfect from this remarkable vineyard. Just like 2005 we had a nice size crop that ripened slowly but completely. We were lucky enough to usually “be in the right place at the right time” and most lots of grapes were picked just where we wanted them. After a nice long growing season, on October 3rd eight tons of Chardonnay was harvested, whole cluster pressed and put into barrel. We fermented in 50% in new French oak barrels, as we do with our “reserve quality” wines. Alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation took place in the barrel and the wine remained surlee until the following August. After racking and a light fining we put the wine back to barrel for another nine months. Barrel age was a total of 20 months.
The flavor profile for this well structured Chardonnay is in the subtle pear and apple realm with accents of lavender and anise from the time in barrel. The citrusy notes of lemon and orange will evolve into more of a mineral and saline quality. Over time, additional flavors and aromas will emerge as the wine expands. As a young Chardonnay, this wine pairs well with any fish, salmon to trout. With age the wine matches will increase to dishes with mushrooms and game birds.