2017 Lumière Chardonnay

2017 Lumière Chardonnay
2017 Lumière Chardonnay

90 pts Wine Spectator (2016)
90 pts Wine Advocate (2016)

Tasting notes

Sourced from Stillwater Creek vineyard, a cooler site in the Frenchman Hills, Lumière is crafted using wild yeast fermentations, weekly battonage, and special cooperage. The nose is led by aromas of hazelnut, lemon curd, stone fruit and honeysuckle balanced against lively flavors of green apple, lemon oil, minerals, and just a smooch of sweet toasty French oak. An elegant, well-balanced chardonnay reminiscent of cool site White Burgundy, Lumière is delicious now, but designed to age for many years.

Food Pairing: Dungeness crab with lemon butter dripping off your elbows. Period.

Movie Pairing: Harold and Maude 

Ah, Lumière. We love crisp, clean chardonnay produced in cooler sites and aged with judicious oak influence, such as we've enjoyed from producers in villages such as Chassagne Montrachet and from California producers like Stony Hill. Lumière is our attempt to deliver that kind of chardonnay experience. Best enjoyed with little pieces of Dungeness crab all over your face and lemon butter dripping off your chin. First produced in 2005, the older vintages are drinking beautifully still.

Varietal100% Chardonnay
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardStillwater Creek
AcidTA: 0.57 g/100 mL
Aging38% new French oak. Weekly batonnage for 3 months.
FermentationWhole cluster pressed. Max. temp. 79°F. 50% malolactic fermentation.
Residual Sugar 0.04 g/100 mL
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced620
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