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The Insider Chardonnay is carefully crafted from grapes grown by the Sangiacomo family – a forth generation grower in Sonoma’s Carneros district within the Sonoma Coast and sourced specifically out of their Kaiser ranch block. These grapes are harvested at night under the lights and hand picked. At the winery the grapes were whole cluster pressed and cold settled. After racking off the natural lees, we racked the juice into second year burgundy, Francois Frerres, medium toasted French oak barrels.
After three days, barrel fermentation was commenced in a refrigerated room in the cellar and stirred daily throughout the entire fermentation. After a 10 day fermentation was complete, secondary malo-lactic took place while stirring continued which amplified the creamy texture and reduced diacetyl (buttered popcorn notes) on the palate. Sur lies aging for 16 months was employed to fully integrate the acidity and fruit with the generous satin textured midpalate.
VARIETAL: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sonoma Carneros, CA
ALCOHOL: 14.83% TA: 5.01g/L pH: 3.59 ML: 100% RS: 0.07g/L (dry)
This Carneros Chardonnay has a shiny golden straw in color. The aromas are rich with tropical fruit notes such as mango, guava and papaya. The wine is elegantly balanced between the acidity and creamy center. Ultimately the palate prevails rich in texture with silky caramel apple flavors, poached pear, creamy French oak and Tahitian Vanilla.
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