Dry, crisp, and delicious with notes of pineapple, citrus and a smooth oaky vanilla finish.
Nancy's Vines Chardonnay is from Sonoma Coast vineyards, located in a region known as The Petaluma Gap. Cool Pacific fog rolls in most days during the growing season, making this vineyard prized for growing Chardonnay grapes. The cool air is ideal for slowly ripening Chardonnay and maintaining acidity.
The grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed only. The rollers on the crusher-de-stemmer were pulled back so that the clusters fell directly into the de-stemmer barrel. This technique creates a smooth wine by minimizing tannin extraction. The grapes are then pumped directly to our tank-press and settling tanks, then racked to a stainless steel fermenter. The fermentation temperature is maintained at a low 50-55 degrees for maximum fruit preservation. Once the fermentation is complete, the wines are racked onto 40% new oak for a period of only 6 months, which imparts a delicate vanilla and toast character. The wine does not go through a malolactic fermentation.