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2017 Folktale Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands
23% New French Oak - 16 Months
French Oak - 15 Days
This vintage is beautifully balanced by the soft, new French oak aging which lifts the flavors of the fruit and classic minerality. Tropical fruit forward, the bouquet reminds us of a coconut crème pie; rich, creamy, toasty goodness, with a soft hint of baking spices. Beautiful mineral notes of flinty graphite compliment the fruit, creating a supple mouthfeel and luxurious finish.
Escolle Vineyard, Hyde and 17 Clones
Harvest took place 9/15/16 before sunrise. The grapes arrived at the winery and were sent directly to the press. We lightly pressed the grapes for 3 hours, not exceeding 1.2 Bar to enhance to beautiful floral quality of SLH Chardonnay. The juice settled for 48 hours before being inoculated. 60% of the juice fermented in French Oak (23% new) and the balance in stainless steel. Once dry, the wine was blended and sent back to barrel for the secondary Malolactic fermentation to take place. The wine was racked to tank in late June for cold stability and filtration before being bottled 7/31/17.
Best to Drink: Now through 2022