Carpe Diem Chardonnay

Anderson Valley, California, United States

Vintage:2016 (Current)

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Carpe Diem Chardonnay  2016

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

Picked at night to conserve cool temperatures, grapes are pressed with a combination of whole cluster-whole berry and crushed berries for pre-fermentation maceration on skins. Both Dijon and heritage clones are represented from five vineyard sites in the Anderson Valley. Naturally occurring native yeast fermented 33% in closed top stainless steel tanks and 67% in French oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation completed the following spring. Wines were barrel aged for a relatively brief 10 months to conserve freshness and balance oak impact. 1,930 cases were bottled the following summer after a light filtration.

Tasting Notes

Fresh, savory aromas of baked apple and spice with bright citrus and melon. Clean flavors of green apple, ginger and lime. Creamy texture with salty-savory acidity; possesses great balance and weight on the palate.

Food Pairing

This Chardonnay will pair beautifully with grilled cod, roasted herb chicken, pasta alfredo, and blue cheese or Bleu d'Auvergne. 

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Wine Alcohol: 13.2%

Titratable Acidity: 5.8 g/L

pH: 3.23

Harvest Start Date: August 29, 2016

Harvest End Date: September 14, 2016

New Oak: (French) 15%

Aging: Nine months in barrels and tanks, sur lies

Cases Produced: 1930