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2017 enlightenment Old Vines Chardonnay

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2017 enlightenment Old Vines Chardonnay
2017 enlightenment Old Vines Chardonnay
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The 28 year-old vines at Olsen Estate Vineyard continue to produce truly special chardonnay. We call it enlightenment. Extended barrel aging, adds volume and texture without sacrificing balance and freshness. Crème brulée, honeysuckle and sweet vanilla explode on the nose, followed by hints of white flowers, leading to a silky finish of apple pie, almond paste and crushed stone. 

Food Pairing: Classic lobster rolls on brioche or green huevos rancheros with cornmeal waffles.

Movie Pairing: Being There

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.

Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardOlsen Vineyard
Acid0.52 g/100 mL
Aging44% new French oak. Batonage for first 3 months. Aged on lees for 20 months.
FermentationWhole cluster pressed. Max. temp. 73°F. Early pick malolactic was prevented later pick innoculated for malolactic fermentation.
Residual Sugar 0.06g/100 mL
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/10/2019
Cases Produced214
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