Pine Ridge Collines Chardonnay
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
13.7%
Pine Ridge Collines Chardonnay

2017 Collines Chardonnay

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$48
/ 750ml

Tension between richness and acidity. Lemon zest and bright apple aromas give lift to mango, white peach, and toast. The palate follows with lemon curd, white peach, Bartlett pear, and hints of graham cracker and nutmeg. This wine is round, silky, and viscous, showing good weight with zesty acidity that carries freshness and provides added dimension. Enjoyably broad and expansive on the palate with a long, lemony finish.

Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
13.7%

Vintage Notes

Our Collines Vineyard benefits from cool, foggy mornings and afternoon breezes from nearby San Pablo Bay. These conditions are ideal for growing Chardonnay and contribute to a slow and even rate of fruit maturity, leading to optimal balance of sugar and acid. This 38-acre vineyard is planted with devigorating rootstock and features a number of Dijon clones, including 76, 95, 96, and 548, which tend to yield high acidity.

Winemaker Notes

The 2017 growing season began with heavy rainfall, filling reservoirs and replenishing soils following a five-year drought. Harvest began at a normal pace and then progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. In mid-September, the temperature cooled and the grapes continued to ripen gradually.

Our Chardonnay was hand harvested at night, then quickly sorted and pressed in full cluster. The grapes were allowed to ferment with wild yeasts, which added layers of complexity. Post-fermentation, the wine was cooled to delay native malolactic fermentation until spring. Winemaker Michael Beaulac allows plenty of lees contact during aging and stirs routinely to enhance a creamy mouthfeel. The wine was aged in French oak for 12 months, using 60 percent new French oak barrels.

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