2016 enlightenment Old Vines Chardonnay

2016 enlightenment Old Vines Chardonnay
2016 enlightenment Old Vines Chardonnay
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2016 enlightenment OLD VINES CHARDONNAY:
In 1991 The Olsen Family planted chardonnay, probably a Wente Clone, in the Yakima Valley as we watched on TV as Desert Storm bombs fell on Iraq, apartheid ended in South Africa and the Soviet Union finally disintegrated. Seems like such a long time ago. 27 years later those old vines continue to produce special chardonnay, with which we make enlightenment. Through extended barrel aging, we gain added textural bigness(!), while retaining balance and freshness. Crème brulée, honeysuckle and sweet vanilla explode on the nose, followed by hints of honey, hay and white flowers, leading to a Rubenesque, silky texture full of baked apple pie, marzipan and crushed stone.

enlightenment was a response to some of our followers' suggestion that we make a richer, extended barrel aged chardonnay based more on the late 1990s California version of chardonnay. Cougar juice it has been called. Full throttle, unapologetically buttery and oaky, enlightenment, first produced in 2011 from old vines, takes more time and is more costly to produce. With scores of 90 and 91 from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, it seems we may have hit the mark.

Varietal100% Chardonnay
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardOlsen Estate
Acid0.66 g/100 mL
Aging75% new French oak. Weekly batonnage for 6 months.
FermentationWhole cluster pressed. Max. temp. 73°F. 100% malolactic fermentation.
Residual Sugar0.06g/100 mL
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/17/2018
Cases Produced605
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