2016 CLOS PEGASE CHARDONNAY MITSUKO'S VINEYARD 750MLRegion: United States
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Winemaker Notes: Picked in the early morning hours and transported to the winery before daybreak, the cold grapes were loaded into the press for a two hour gentle press. This slow release of the Chardonnay juice allowed for control of the phenolics and permitted constant tasting of the pressed juice. After settling, the clarified juice was racked into oak barrels and primary fermentation proceeded slowly in our cool cave system. When fermentation was complete, all new Chardonnay wines were inoculated with a malolactic bacteria strain, which naturally deacidified the wine without production of buttery flavors and aromas that can detract from our Estate fruit personality. As the wine slowly matured in barrel, each barrel was stirred frequently and aged sur lie for 10 months without racking.