2013 CHARDONNAY

100% Chardonnay
Westerly Wines

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $40.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:460
formats: 750mL
released:Aug 4, 2014
date profiled:Aug 13, 2015
region:Central Coast
AVA:Santa Ynez Valley,Sta. ... Santa Ynez Valley,Sta. Rita Hills
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:24.0°
alcohol:14.2%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:50% New  
oak aging: 5 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
chardonnay 82% Santa Ynez Valley
chardonnay 18% Sta. Rita Hills
 
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Winemaker Adam Henkel Notes
WINEMAKING NOTES: The two vineyards that went into the 2013 Westerly Chardonnay are planted on opposite sides of Route 246, which bisects the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. One of these vineyards is just outside the AVA line (by approximately 50 yards). Harvested by hand in early September. Whole-cluster pressed directly into a combination of small, egg-shaped, concrete tanks and French oak barrels (50% of which were new). Cold fermented at 55º, lees stirring was used during the first two weeks of primary fermentation, and the wine was aged on it's lees for the first year of its life. Half of the barrels were allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The clean wine was racked and blended in early 2014 and then bottled in July 2014. TASTING N ...more... OTES: This wine exhibits many of the classic characteristics of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay- the palate is defined by precise minerality and bright acidity, with flavors of dried pears and citrus zest. Length is a feature of this wine- the palate is long and complex with a lovely clean citrus finish which lingers for quite a while. Drink now through 2019.
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