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2017 Folktale Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

2017 Folktale Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
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Wine Specs
Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date
23% New French Oak - 16 Months
French Oak - 15 Days
Bottling Date
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Vineyard Notes
Escolle Vineyard, Hyde and 17 Clones
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
Best to Drink: Now through 2022
373 cases