2008 Chardonnay, 'Center of Effort'
Only the finest Chardonnay blocks of the vintage are identified and designated for Center of Effort. These blocks are hand picked at varying stages of maturation under the direction of consulting winemaker Mike Sinor. This approach gives Mike a palette of varietal “colors” from which to paint a natural tapestry of flavor, texture and acidity.
Fermentation and aging proceed in premium French oak barrels that are coopered to our specifications. Seventy-five percent of the barrels are new. Native yeasts are employed for both primary fermentation and secondary malolactic fermentation, a Burgundian approach that elevates the wine’s complexity.
The 2008 Chardonnay is distinguished by its elegant weight, brisk acidity and layered richness. The influence of French oak reveals itself with integrated restraint, adding context to the notes of tropical fruit, fig and citrus. Only 294 cases produced.