2018 Chardonnay – Merrill Vineyard
Merrill Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA
Our first vintage of Merrill Vineyard Chardonnay is a real expression of the unique terrior, showing the beauty of the vineyard. It carries the signature Clarksburg qualities of ripe tropical fruit with lavender-honey aromas. Mouthwatering flavors of ripe pineapple come together with satisfying fresh baguette notes. Two months of aging on the primary lees followed by 9-10 months of sur-lie aging on the secondary lees in neutral barrels adds an enticing savory aspect to the wine. On the palate, the viscosity of the wine is balanced by the right amount of acid, leaving a wonderful length in the finish.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Silty and Mucky Clay Loam. Derivation Mixed Rock and Decomposed Plants.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|TRELLISING||T-Trellis with 16″ foliage crossarm|
|HARVEST DATE||September 10 & 11, 2018|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||25.2°|
|AGING||Neutral French Oak Barrels; Stainless|
|BOTTLE DATE||June 20, 2019|
Clarksburg AVA – Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.