2019 Pahlmeyer "Savoir Faire" Chardonnay

Our compelling Savoir Faire Chardonnay offers richness in structure and intensity of fruit on the bright, layered palate. High-toned notes of fresh-cut lemon, pear and grilled white peach evolve into hints of marzipan, warm salted honey and Graham cracker. This Chardonnay offers gorgeous velvet-smooth texture and length, with nuanced oak characteristics from extended aging that provide depth and intrigue. A beautiful, thought-provoking Chardonnay.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Winemaking

Alcohol:
16.1
Harvested:
September 24 to September 24, 2019
Bottled:
March 21, 2021
Released:
October 1, 2021

We harvested grapes for this wine in the cool of the night from a single block on the Pahlmeyer Estate vineyard, Block 33. At the winery, we hand-sorted and gently pressed the berries as whole clusters, then racked the free-run juice into a 100% new Francois Frères French oak puncheon, heavy toast, for primary and malolactic fermentation with native yeast. The puncheon was stirred weekly throughout malolactic fermentation. The wine spent extended time aging in the puncheon, a total of 17 months, allowing the oak tannins to fully integrate into the wine.

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