Michaud Vineyard 2004 Chardonnay Chalone Appellation

Release Date: September, 2007 Case Production: 752

This Chardonnay comes from vines planted in 1986 & 1988, from cuttings of the venerable Wente field selection first planted in the appellation in 1946. The 2004 rainfall season was dryer than the preceding few years, which resulted in more concentrated wines.

A spring frost caused a smaller than average harvest. The growing season was moderately warm. The grapes were harvested in excellent condition, producing very tasty juice. Peach, nectarine, apricot and apple aromas and flavors are complimented by the minerality that expresses its place of origin, the hallmark of the Chalone Appellation. Subtle French oak contributes to a multilayered — mouth filling wine. Chardonnay from this appellation will gracefully age for 10 years or more.

Food pairings — Some of the foods we like to serve this wine with are: fresh lobster, clams
calamari, roast pheasant, pork roast and fresh gnocchi in a savory cream sauce.

Varietal Composition

100% Chardonnay

Barrel Aging

11 months
31 barrels were produced
French Oak: Siruge, Remond,
Bel Air
3-year air-dried wood, mostly
Allier
30% new barrels
70% 1-3 yr old barrels

Optimum Time for Consumption

2007 – 2016+

Production Statistics

Harvest Date: 9/5- 9/15/04
Grape Acidity: 6.3
Grape pH: 3.42
Sugar at Harvest:  23.6
Bottling Date: 8/12/05
Wine Acidity: 6.2 g/L
Wine pH: 3.41
Wine Alcohol: 14.3%