2014 The Nth Degree Chardonnay
This beautifully balanced, elegant Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruits and honey that integrate perfectly with flavors of ripe apple and lightly toasted brioche. With crisp acidity and a refined finish, this is a wonderful example of Livermore Valley Chardonnay.
This wine comes from old and new Wente clones of Chardonnay on the Karl Wente and Herman Wente vineyard blocks in the Livermore Valley because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite vineyards receive the utmost care and attention. They are “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand, whereby leaves, shoots and clusters are removed to ensure the grape clusters remaining at the time of harvest are of the highest quality. The grapes are then hand harvested in the early morning into half ton bins, hand-sorted, then crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
This chardonnay was barrel fermented for three weeks in new and once-used French oak barrels.
After 100% malolactic fermentation, the wine was age sur lie for 10 months. Battonage, or stirring the barrels, was performed weekly to increase mouthfeel and complexity.