2015 The Nth Degree Chardonnay
This elegantly balanced Chardonnay welcomes you with a toasty oak aroma,
followed by notes of golden apple and crème brûlée. Layered flavors of citrus,
crisp apple, bright acidity and refined finish bring a wonderful example of
Livermore Valley Chardonnay.
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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 3 weeks in French and neutral
French barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation also took place in barrel.
wine was aged sur lie for 14 months in the same barrels they were fermented in.
Battonage was performed weekly to increase mouthfeel and complexity.