Ideology 'Blondie' Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014
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"Fermentation: small hint of malolactic fermentation
Aging: six months in 95% stainless steel & 5% neutral French oak
Alcohol: 14.4 %
Winemaking – Nestled in the hills just south of Napa, the Blondie grapes were one of the last Chardonnay vineyards in Napa Valley to be picked in 2014. The Suscol Creek vineyards were hand harvested on 9/26/14 at night and carefully sorted in the morning. The whole clusters were gently pressed to release the delicate juice without picking up any hint of astringency from the skins or stems. The juice was fermented slowly, at cool temperatures to retain fresh, fruity flavors. A tiny portion of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, adding depth, creamy complexity and building a voluptuous middle body. Stirred on the lees, Blondie took her time, mellowing just a bit – not too much - while gaining finesse and developing a satisfying, lengthy finish with six months in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting –The color or vibrant pale straw, the nose is greeted with aromas of Meyer lemon, white peaches and stone fruit. The first sip sends you to the islands with tropical notes of pineapple and citrus finishing with a touch of honey. A summer sipper for sure, this wine will complement a variety of dishes!"