2018 California Chardonnay
We are thrilled with the outstanding quality this harvest has been boasting in our Chardonnays. This elegant wine offers aromas of fresh granny smith apple, lemon custard tart and subtle wildflower honey . The body is clean with fresh acidity balancing cream with notes of bananas foster, and a touch of vanilla on the finish.
Although most of the grape-growing areas of California have the potential to produce a decent Chardonnay, only certain regions have the ability to truly showcase how complex of a varietal it can be. We carefully select vineyards from areas such as Santa Barbara County, the Russian River Valley, and the western reaches of Mendocino County in order to promote the full potential of our Chardonnay's aroma and palate. These coastal regions similarly tend toward uniform daytime temperatures and cool, foggy nights throughout the growing season to help concentrate the flavor as the sugar and acids develop.
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Budbreak came later in the spring with very little concern about frost, leading into steady growing temperatures with occasional rain. There were intermittent heat spikes in June and July, though not prolonged, pushing the season along. August was temperate, allowing slow ripening and complex flavors to develop. Higher than average yields and excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
As with all of our Angeline wines, the goal with our California Chardonnay is to over-deliver. Each individual vineyard is hand-picked, and pressed to stainless steel tanks where it is chilled and settled for two to three days. It is then inoculated with carefully chosen yeast, specifically picked to amplify each region's distinct terroir. The juice is racked to 30% new French and American oak barrels to fully complete both primary and secondary fermentation, where it will age sur lie for 6 months.