GOLD, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION ~ AWARDED 90 POINTS BY THE WINE ENTHUSIAST ~ SILVER, ORANGE COUNTY WINE COMPETITION ~ SILVER, CENTRAL COAST WINE COMPETITION
Crafted to convey the spirit of the Oso Libre style, it offers fruity citrus and floral notes which give the wine a fresh character. In keeping with traditional California style Chardonnay, the desirable creamy vanilla aromas permeate the long finish. Winemaking Notes: From 100% single vineyard grapes, we hand picked and vineyard sorted on a very cold morning in September. The grapes cold soaked for two days before heading straight to the press. To achieve the perfect balance, the must was divided. Half of it was cold fermented on stainless steel and half in barrels. The wine in stainless steel was not allowed to undergo malo-lactic fermentation while the wine in barrel completed malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for eight months in 50% stainless steel, 25% new French oak and 25% seasoned French oak only to be blended just before bottling. This treatment maintained the fruit and mineral qualities of the grapes, while still offering the supple creamy characters of traditional Chardonnay.
(Oct 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM)