2020 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

Our 2020 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay commands a beautiful balance between richness and tension, depth and focus. Captivating aromas of dried apricot, wild honey, and toast are lifted by notes of gardenia and orange zest. Creamy lemon meringue and ripe nectarine intermingle on the succulent, layered palate, underscored by hazelnut, toasted almond, and a glint of freshly baked brioche. Juicy acidity lends texture and length, culminating with a refreshing Meyer lemon flourish.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

97 Points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 2022

Aromas of sliced cooked apple, pineapple and praline. Full-bodied with salted caramel. Oily and very rich at the finish. Hints of lime and peach. Wonderful length. 1,600 cases made. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two.

Winemaking

Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 1 to September 23, 2020
Bottled:
December 21, 2021
Released:
March 14, 2022

We picked our Chardonnay from high-elevation vineyards during the cool of the night. Each whole cluster was
meticulously hand sorted at the winery before pressing. The juice naturally settled in stainless steel tanks until ready
to rack to barrel. Our top lots were racked to new French oak barrels where native fermentation naturally began.
After primary fermentation, the lots remained on lees and were stirred up to three times per week through malolactic
fermentation to create a rich, luscious texture. The wine then continued to age on lees in 100% new French oak
barrels for a total of 12 months and was bottled without fining or filtration.

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