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2014 Chardonnay
  Barrel Fermented
  Anderson Valley
  (750 ml) - Sold Out!
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We've been experiencing earlier ripening dates in recent years and the fruit from our newest Chardonnay plantings now has a higher ratio of sugars to acids at harvest compared to vintages a decade ago. This brought up an interesting issue: was the traditional secondary fermentation, that converts tart malic acid into less biting lactic acid, now necessary or even desirable? We have three different vineyard sites that normally produce all the fruit for our Première Reserve bottlings, so in 2014 we divided the juice from each of these sites into two sublots; one to undergo malolactic fermentation and the other not. The wines for each sublot in a particular site were aged in exactly the same way, in identical French oak barrels. The final wines reflect, as best we could, the difference between undergoing malolactic fermentation and not doing so. Compare this sprightly wine to its plumper malolactic brother, our 2014 Première Reserve Chardonnay. Gold Medal winner.




[above] Navarro's Hammer Olsen Chardonnay X block in the spring. It was Navarro's first Chardonnay vineyard planted to recently imported Burgundian clones on phylloxera resistant rootstocks.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 18 to 30, 2014 Sugars at harvest: 24.0° Brix
Bottled: June 19, 2015 Cases produced: 173
Alcohol: 13.5% Titratable acidity: 7.8 g/L
pH: 3.31

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