Rich straw hue. Complex aromas of chamomile, honeysuckle and clementine with distinctive notes of minerality and hints of lemon biscuit. An expressive palate suggests lemon oil, coastal salinity and macadamia nut, and the lengthy finish is driven by cool-climate acidity. A true expression of both the grape and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
It was another mild winter in Northern California, yet the extreme coastal regions received significant rainfalls in the latter part of winter and early spring of 2014. This precipitation fully saturated our estate soils and provided enough moisture to support our vineyards through the growing season. Signs of budbreak first showed in early March and the onset of flowering around the late week of April. Summer was moderate, dominated by cool, sunny days with omnipresent fog just offshore. The onset of veraison was fairly widespread by the third week of July, and the continuation of moderate and sunny weather interspersed with cool fog prevailed through the end of the growing season, allowing us to bring in pinot noir of exceptional depth of flavor and finesse.
Sourced entirely from our organic and biodynamically farmed Camp Meeting Ridge Estate Vineyard, the fruit used to craft our Moon Select Chardonnay represents the finest selection from the vineyard and the vintage. The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours to ensure the fruit arrived at the winery cool and ready for whole cluster pressing. Once on the crush pad, the clusters were carefully hand-sorted before they slid gently into the press. Clonal selection: Hyde Old-Wente and Dijon 95.
Whole clusters were pressed and the juice was settled for 12-24 hours before being moved by gravity-flow into French Oak barrels (20% new) for 100% native yeast fermentation at temperatures ranging from 52-58°F. Natural malo-lactic fermentation was allowed to slowly take place in cool cellars (52°F) until an ideal acid-balance was achieved. Our 2014 Moon Select Chardonnay was cellared in barrel for 15 months before bottling.
|Aging||100% French Oak, 20% new, for 15 months|
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