2019 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay
ROCO Chardonnay is handpicked and then chilled overnight at 38˚ F in a large storage room. The chilled bunches are then pressed and the juice is sent to a tank. After settling in tank, the juice is inoculated and racked to neutral oak where is completes fermentation. After primary fermentation is complete, the young wine goes through malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and to add further complexity. Next, the wines are racked to a mix of new and neutral French oak. There they rest for at least five months before bottling.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
"Delicately toasted Vosges oak forest, pear fruit and lemon thyme aromas speckled with lemon citrus aromas. The taste is a lovely combination of citrus blossom, golden apples lifted by bright acidity and a smooch of toasted French oak. The mouthfeel is rich from start to finish exhibiting a classic level of Northern Pacific minerality. See if you can catch that bonus touch of caramel, browned butter at the very end."
Wine Enthusiast - 91 points