Hopper Creek 2006 Los Chamizal Chardonnay
Grown in the rocky soil of steep hillsides in the Mayacamas Mountain foothills, Los Chamizal Vineyard grapes are noted for their concentrated flavor. The vines are planted above the fog line near the town of Sonoma, giving the grapes greater flavor depth from the intense exposure to the sun.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed, and aged in French Oak barrels. 100% of this Chardonnay juice underwent malo-lactic fermentation, which yields a rich mouth feel and a spicy, lingering finish.
This Chardonnay has subtle aromas of pineapple upside-down cake, roasted hazelnut, toffee, dried banana, and honeysuckle. It would particularly enjoy being served with pecan-encrusted halibut, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, or fresh ginger snaps. Received 90 pts from the Wine Enthusiast (July 2010)
Harvest Sugar: 23.9 Brix
Total Acid: 0.641g/100ml
Cases Produced: 250