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2018 Silverado Vineyards Firetree Chardonnay, Carneros

2018 Silverado Vineyards Firetree Chardonnay, Carneros

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SKU: CHF187

A full-bodied, complex Chardonnay. Aromas and flavors of crisp yellow apple, white nectarine, apricot, underripe pineapple, and a hint of graham cracker. Balanced acidity and a creamy mouthfeel are followed by a clean, minerally finish.

Winemaker Notes

Enjoy now!

Food Pairing Notes

Recommended Cheese Pairings: Aged White Cheddar, Double, or Triple Cream Brie. Recommended Food Recipe: Garlic-Parmesan Butter Prawns - recipe on silveradovineyards.com.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Wine Specs

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Carneros
Vineyard Designation
Los Carneros
Harvest Date
September 21 & 28, 2018
Sugar
23.9° Brix
Acid
5.90 g/L
pH
3.52 pH
Aging
6 months barrel age in 41% new French oak.
Bottling Date
August 2019
Residual Sugar
0.19%
Alcohol %
15

Production Notes

February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. The wine was 100% barrel fermented, with 83% in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 17% in 500L French oak barrels. Weekly bâtonnage for five months adds complexity and length. 5% of the blend completed malolactic fermentation.

Vineyard Notes

100% Firetree Vineyard. Steep 30- to 50-degree slopes of sandstone and shale with the San Pablo Bay’s cooling influence, make our Firetree vineyard a classic site for Chardonnay, and showcases Carneros at its best.

Production

972 cases produced