2006 Morning Fog Chardonnay
Enjoy the beautiful straw color and aromas of freshly cut red apple, vanilla and well-integrated oak. There are also enticing aromas of tropical and citrus fruit. The predominant flavors are clean, tart apple with toasty graham and subtle oak. This Chardonnay has a mouth-filling body with a medium-long finish that is very refreshing.
Each summer morning, fog billows inland through the Golden Gate, pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay. Here, it forms deep fog banks that rest on the East Bay Hills. In just one place, the Livermore Valley, with its unique East-West orientation, the fog banks come further east, cooling the air as it goes. This daily phenomenon creates the Mediterranean or Marine climate found on less than 1% of the world’s land mass. And it makes the San Francisco Bay and Livermore Valley appellations ideal for growing wine grapes that are beautifully balanced. This Chardonnay, named Morning Fog, pays homage to this rare climate.
At least 50% barrel fermented in French oak, and 50% fermented in stainless steel tanks in order to preserve the natural fruit flavors inherent in our Livermore Valley Chardonnay.
The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 9 months. Batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. The stainless steel portion was aged on lees for 9 months.