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2018 - Firetree Chardonnay

Steep 30- to 50-degree slopes of sandstone and shale with the San Pablo Bay’s cooling influence, make our Firetree vineyard a classic site for Chardonnay and showcases Carneros at its best. 

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Firetree Chardonnay
Vintage Notes February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity. Winemaker's Notes The wine was 100% barrel fermented, with 83% in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 17% in 500L French oak barrels. Weekly bâtonnage for five months adds complexity and length. 5% of the blend completed malolactic fermentation. Tasting Notes Aromas and flavors of crisp yellow apple, white nectarine, apricot, underripe pineapple and a hint of graham cracker. Balanced acidity and a creamy mouthfeel are followed by a clean, minerally finish.
  • Varietal 100% Chardonnay
  • Appellation Carneros
  • Vineyard 100% Firetree Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 21 and 28, 2018
    23.9° Brix
  • Maturation Profile 6 months of barrel age
    41% new French oak
    Overall barrel profile: 83% in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 17% 500L French oak barrels
  • Analysis 15.0% Alcohol
    5.90 g/L TA
    3.52 pH
    0.19% Rs
    Bottled August 2019
    972 cases
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