2018 Chardonnay

2018 Chardonnay
2018 Chardonnay

Winemaker

"I craft this Chardonnay in order to showcase one of the greatest strengths of the Snake River Valley, our ability to grow balanced fruit that can create unmistakably world-class white wine. There are so many different styles of Chardonnay out there in the world, from the rich and creamy Napa expressions to the stark, mineral creations of Burgundy. In Idaho, Mother Nature has given us high elevation vineyards, protected by tall mountains and warmed by hot, calm summers. When I take these gifts and layer together Chardonnay from multiple fermentation vessels: (stainless steel, French Oak, and Black Locust barrels) they combine to respect the fruit flavors and add a whisper of spice to the aromas. Hopefully at its center you'll find balance, something that never goes out of style."
 
~ Melanie Krause, Owner/Winemaker

Vineyards

Sawtooth
 
Tasting notes

Light floral and ginger aromas greet the nose with a hint of roasted pear and apple. The flavors mirror the aromas with a medium richness and long finish.

Production notes

Grapes are hand-picked in September, pressed whole-cluster. Juice is settled to clarify, then put into tank or barrels for fermentation. Native and commercial yeasts are used. Fermentation takes place in 25% stainless steel, 70% neutral barrels and 5% new oak (French oak and Black Locust). 40% of the barrels undergo malolactic fermentation. Aged in the barrels for 8 months. Wine is filtered and bottled in May, 2019. 

OTHER NOTES

Try this wine with truffle, parmesan fries! Potato leek soup would also be a great fit, or perhaps something richer like a lobster bisque. 

When to drink: Enjoy now and/or cellar through 2028.

AWARDS

2019 Idaho Wine Competition : Gold Medal

2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition : Double Gold Medal (2017 Vintage)

PROFILE

VINTAGE
2018
VARIETAL
Chardonnay
WINE REGION
Snake River Valley AVA
ACID
5.8 g/L
pH
3.76
CELLARING
8 Months in New & Neutral Oak & Steel Tanks
RESIDUAL SUGAR
0%
ALCOHOL
13.7% abv
BOTTLES
750ml
CLOSURE
Traditional Cork
CASES PRODUCED
1,000
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Vintage2018
VarietalChardonnay
AppellationSnake River Valley
VineyardSawtooth
Acid5.8 g/L
PH3.76
Aging8 months
FermentationSS + barrel fermented
Residual Sugar0%
Alcohol13.70%
Volume750 ml
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