2011 CHARDONNAYWine Match Special Selection

100% Chardonnay
Still Waters Vineyard

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $20.00
club price: $14.00
available:Yes
cases:150
formats: 750mL
released:Sep 3, 2012
date profiled:Jun 27, 2012
region:Central Coast
AVA:Paso Robles
vineyards:Still Waters Vineyards
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:23.7°
alcohol:13.6%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:100% New  
oak aging: 9 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
chardonnay 100% Paso Robles
 
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Winemaker Paul Hoover Notes
Tasting Notes: This Chardonnay is complex with the right amount of apple, pear, and melon flavors. It spent 9 months in new French oak to give it a warm tasty vanilla finish Wine Making Practices: The white wine grapes are harvested early in the morning into picking trays. They stay in the picking trays until processed through the crusher destemer to keep the fruit cold and the clusters intact. All white grapes are picked, destemed and processed within an hour. The pressed juice goes into 132-gallon stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The tanks are kept in our cold room consistently at 45 degrees for the duration of fermentation usually 8-12 days. During fermentation the wines are stirred 3 times per day in a process called su ...more... r-lie fermentation. The stirring helps the lees and the yeast stay in contact to create body and mouth feel. When fermentation is complete the wine is racked from the top to within 5 inches of sediment. The wine is placed into brand new French oak barrels from the L'Allier forest. The barrels are tight grain allowing the flavors to impart slowly and lightly. The wine will stay in the barrels for 6-18 weeks depending on variety. Our winemaker tastes the barrels weekly. Once he feels that they have extracted the right amount of flavors, the wine goes into the Still Waters bottling line, which can bottle 200 cases per day.
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