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We’ve been so pleased with the results of our Chardonnay program over the last few vintages that we kept on that tack again this year, settling into a decidedly signature style. The 2017 vintage remains very much a cooler climate, Mâconnais-style Chardonnay with white fruit and minerality, but with warmer vineyard sites selected so there is power and a fullness as well. We’ve stayed the course with a touch more barrel influence, with over 20% of the wine barrel-fermented and aged, while the remaining wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel. All lots were on their lees for 8 months with monthly lees stirring and also went through malolactic fermentation. The overall fermentation process contributes a beautiful richness, with a small portion of the fruit fermented separately using native yeast to add depth and complexity.
BRAND Charles & Charles
COUNTRY United States
REGION Columbia Valley, Washington