2011 Wild Horse Chardonnay Central Coast
Our 2011 Chardonnay is extremely delicious with characteristics of lemon tart, apple, and a hint of pineapple. The taste is mouthwatering with a nice midpallette, and full finish. The stainless steel portion of the blend contributes crispness and the sur lie aging fills out the mouth with a creamy texture and brioche flavor.
These Chardonnay grapes were harvested in the early to mid‐morning and delivered direct to press to preserve freshness and limit skin contact. Hard press was separated from free run and treated separately. After one day of settling, the juice was racked off of heavy solids to another tank where it was inoculated with yeast. Thirty percent was stainless steel fermented and the balance put into barrel to ferment. In barrel, the wine underwent sur lie aging and some malolactic fermentation depending on wine chemistry and sensory evaluation. After nine months of aging, both tank and barrel portions were blended for bottling.