September 21, 2015
Juice Brix - 21.6˚
French/Neutral barrels for 9 months
skin fermented open top bins
August 11, 2016
Chard Skin Ferment 2015
LIMITED PRODUCTION WINE
This golden, slightly cloudy, unfiltered Chardonnay possesses the structure, body and tannins of a red wine with the acidity of a white. The richly textured mouth feel with savory and earthy overtones reach your palate leaving a zing of orange marmalade, dried apricot and clingstone peaches creating a complex flavor profile with a long lingering finish.
GROWING CONDITIONS: February went on the record as the coldest in central NY and winter passed slowly followed by a cool spring with several frosty mornings though with little consequence to the vineyards. May through July were humid and featured torrential downpours. As has been the case the last few years, a warm and sunny September has made this wine grape harvest one of the best in recent memory providing above average temperatures and dry conditions which allowed the grapes to ripen and maintain excellent integrity.
100% Chardonnay, all estate grown
Called “vino ambro” the amber wine by Italians, orange wines are created using ancient natural winemaking techniques whereby white wines are produced more like reds. Our Chardonnay was crushed and macerated (7 days) on the skins in open-top one ton bins. Fermented using D21 yeast and punched down three times a day, fermentation reached 78F and went dry in 6 days. The wine was then pressed off and barreled where malolactic fermentation was partially completed. After six months of aging, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Food Pairing Notes
A wine with this acidity can stand up to rich fatty foods or anything with bacon. Aged hard cheeses, Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pappardelle with Duck Ragù.
25 Cases (LIMITED PRODUCTION)
Wine Release Date: April 29, 2017
(Apr 7, 2018 at 12:02 PM)
Personally I would rate this as borderline undrinkable. The wine has been perfectly stored and decanted yesterday. Sampled by 4 friends and the views are very similar. A mild watery vinegar with no texture whatsoever. A massive disappointment. I doubt that any further aging can rescue this wine.