An elegant Chardonnay that is partially barrel fermented on new American oak and sur lies aged. It is then blended with fermented and aged Chardonnay to balance the oak, creating distinctive pear, citrus and creamy vanilla flavors integrated with fresh Mendocino fruit.
The 2017 vintage was one for the record books. Drought-quenching winter rain led to vigorous vine growth, very stable conditions through bud break and critical diurnal temperature variation were key factors in the vintage’s high quality.
Each block of La Ribera Chardonnay was harvested by hand, beginning with the earlier-ripening Dijon clone 76 grapes followed by the clone 4 grapes.
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed immediately after harvest to minimize phenolic extraction, thus preserving the most pure expression of the fruit. The juice was cold settled, racked, and inoculated at 55 degrees with Maurivin Elegance, a cool fermenting yeast that promotes the fragrant and fruity aromas inherent in La Ribera Chardonnay.
Sourced from American Oak grown in the rocky soil of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, the medium toast barrels contribute subtly spicy aromas and a rich, vanilla-cream sweetness on the palate.
BOTTLING DATE – February 19th, 2019
ALCOHOL – 14.5%
TA – .52
pH – 3.36
WINEMAKER – Greg Winter