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Vintage: 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
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Appellation: Chalone
Vineyard: Brosseau
Varietal: Chardonnay
Clone: Wente
Age: 28 years
Elevation: 1600 feet
Soil: Limestone
Yield: 1.2 ton/acre
single_pixel Harvested: Sept 7, 2005
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented,
little to no MLF
Barrel aging:
11 mos. in 1-3 year FO barrels
Bottled: Aug 19, 2006
Production: 109 cases
Release date: Spring 2007
 
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With our Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay we often want for more zippy acidity but the exceptional mouth feel and aromatics keep us firmly rooted in the Chalone Appellation which is home to the deepest limestone deposits in California.  To compensate, we use an ancient winemaking technique we discovered in the Mâconnais that is also practiced with German Rieslings.  At or near veraison we pick some very green Brosseau Vineyard berries from our block.  We de-stem, crush, press, filter and then refrigerate our Brosseau Vineyard ver jus until we harvest the bulk of the block in September.  At harvest, we blend in a little of the ver jus which naturally increases our acidity, lowers our alcohol and results in a more complex and vibrant Chardonnay. 
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Aromas of lemon peel and pear interact with notes of mineral, wet stone and just a hint of vanilla to tantalize the nose.  This is a medium bodied Chardonnay with vibrant acidity that finishes with long and elegant layers of texture.