The 2011 vintage is our eighteenth release of Chardonnay.
We strive to strike a balance between fruitiness and complexity in our wines. Our goal is to always express the fruit of our vineyard first; why work hard in the vineyard only to mask the true beauty with cellar practices? Once harvested, we selectively use the tools we have at our disposal as winemakers to shape and compliment the wine; surlies aging, and French oak cooperage, both new and old.
Our 2011 Chardonnay is a full bodied wine with true varietal characteristics, hints of pear, kiwi, citrus, white peach and apricots, and delicate undertones of oak and tropical fruits. The body of the wine is rich and supple, filling the mouth with flavors. The true nature of Spring Mountain Chardonnay comes through in the mineral character, more reminiscent of a classic Mersault than your typical California Chardonnay.
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Varietal Percentage: 100% Chardonnay.
Age of vines and soil type: 14-28 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000' elevation.
Date picked: 10/16/11
Harvest Sugar: 24.4 degrees brix.
Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 45 days, 53-61 degrees F.
Fermentation container/maceration: Barrel fermented, 20% New French Oak, 80% 1-3 year old French Oak, No Malolactic.
V.A.: 0.32 g/100ml.
Length/type of aging: Aged surlies for 4 months, stirred twice a week.
Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 2-7 years.
Number of cases produced: 505 cases.
Release Date: February 2014.
Winemaker: Andrew T. Schweiger.