Carpe Diem Chardonnay

Anderson Valley, California, United States

Vintage:2015 (Current)

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Carpe Diem Chardonnay  2015

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

90 Points

June 1, 2018, Jim Gordon

This appealing and medium-bodied wine has a light earthy, buttery aroma and plenty of butter, lemon and vanilla flavors underpinned by good, lively acidity that keeps it fresh through the finish.

Overview

Carpe Diem Chardonnay is produced in Northern California‘s Anderson Valley. Over the years, this region has gained the reputation of an ideal terroir to grow Chardonnay for still wines. Grapes for the Carpe Diem Chardonnay are selected exclusively from the best vineyards in Northern California‘s cool Anderson Valley. This fog-shrouded region not far from Mendocino Coast and the Pacific Ocean provides ideal growing conditions for these delicate grapes.

Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Domaine Anderson‘s Winemaker Darrin Low, Carpe Diem‘s philosophy is to offer the best of two worlds: the richness of California fruit and the elegance of a French wine.

Winemaking

Carpe Diem embodies the Burgundian winemaking style in Northern California:
Clonal Selection: 76 and 96
Yeast Strains: 100% spontaneous
Cooperage: Damy, Francois Freres, Rousseau
Barrel Regime: 15% new, 15% one year and 70% older French oak
ML: 100%

Tasting Notes

Carpe Diem Chardonnay is ripe with aromas and very fruity, but with limited oak expressions. Acidity levels show off the Anderson Valley climate.

Food Pairing

This Chardonnay will go well with baked halibut and a lightly dressed spinach and cherry tomato orzo.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Wine Alcohol: 14.2%

Titratable Acidity: .62

pH: 3.32

Residual Sugar: .15

Fermentation: 74% barrel fermented and 26% tank fermented

New Oak: (French) 15%

Aging: Nine months in barrels and tanks, sur lies

Cases Produced: 1280

Suggested Retail Price: $22.99