Savage Grace Chardonnay 2014
Vineyard Source: Celilo Vineyard (Columbia Gorge, WA)
Harvest: 9/28 and 10/13 2014, Brix=23.5 and 23.4.
Processing (Wine Making): Whole-cluster pressed into 50% tank and 50% neutral French oak barrel lots for fermentation. Native ML on a few barrels, with weekly battonage thru ML. Blended after 5 months. Alcohol: 13.8%. Final pH=3.3
Tasting Notes: Green apple, Asian pear, and mineral meld into a bright and silky chardonnay.
Aspect/Altitude/Climate/Soil: Sub-alpine, SE-facing slope, 800-1200 feet non-irrigated, volcanic loam, Wente clone.
Production: 265 cases
Winemaker Comments: "The style of this cool-climate Chardonnay falls somewhere between a Chablis and a more traditional white Burgundy. The mature fruit tones from the old-vine Chardonnay used here (>40 years) and subtle oak-treatment provide a richness and smoothness that well balances the bright character of the wine, making for an unusually tasty and food-friendly chardonnay. Definitely not an oak or buttery Chardonnay. ” —Michael Savage