2007 Wild Heart Chardonnay

General notes:

A delightfully flavorful, smooth and balanced wine, this Chardonnay goes against tradition with its clean, fresh presentation of sun-ripened fruit, pleasing to both nose and palette, with a hint of honey, especially on the finish. The perfect compliment to mild cheeses, (particularly yummy with baked brie!), your favorite green and fruit salads and gently-seasoned baked or sautéed chicken and fish, this unique Chardonnay is sure to become a staple in your wine collection.

Detail:

Vineyard: Central Coast, Paso Robles AVA, French Camp Vineyard, one of the most respected vineyards around Paso Robles

Harvesting: From a warm climate vineyard, the fruit was showing good flavors at a modest Brix level of about 25.0. No Malolactic fermentation was done.

Wine ageing: 10 months in stainless steel

Filtering: Double filtered at 1.0 microns and later at 0.45 microns, sterile filtered at bottling

PH: 3.6

Alcohol: 14.6%

301 cases produced

Winemakers notes:

The job of a winemaker isn’t just to make the wine taste good before bottling, it is complicated by trying to make the wine taste good after bottling, at six months after bottling and for longer times. Some of the questions that need to be addressed revolve around how flavors will resolve, how the aromatics will change and how the finish will change. Having fruit from the same vineyard year after year certainly helps and history with a varietal is a big plus, but each wine that is bottled is its own and it helps to have great luck and the heavens on your side and this time everything worked as it should.