2013 Wild Thing Chardonnay
Appelation: Mendocino County
Varietal: 76% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier, 6% Old Vine (1922) white field blend (Palomino, French Colombard, Muscadelle), 6% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Roussanne
Tasting Notes: Beautiful nose of tropical fruits - pineapple, banana, papaya - complemented by lovely honeysuckle floral lift from Viognier. Soft creamy mouthfeel, punctuated by a sliver of bright acidity. Very food compatible with chicken, pork or fish - try Thai flavors!
Destemmed to press and fermented by WILD yeast, (no yeast inoculation done) took 28 days to dryness
70% stainless steel fermented at about 53F, 30% barrel fermented and stirred weekly sur lie. No Malo-lactic fermentation, so it is crisply finished.
30% spent 5 months in barrels- 35% new American / 65% 1-2 yr old French
GOLD Medal- 2013 Monterey Wine Competition
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