The 2018 vintage continues to consistently elevate Lava Cap’s Chardonnay. Zesty lemon and apple blossom aroma lead into pleasant apple and pear flavors. Vanilla notes complement a lightly toasted pie crust finish.
We have 6 different blocks of Chardonnay ranging in Elevation from 2,400ft to 2,700ft on our Estate vineyards. Each plot is planted in soil of differing depths, and with a different aspect. We also have a combination of head trained and cordon trained vines, with 4 different clones, chosen to best fit the conditions of the individual block.
The majority of these block are facing North West, on gentle slope comprised of finely decomposed volcanic debris. The vines receive the most sun during the mornings, and are protected from warm evening heat, allowing for ample ripening while preserving freshness and vibrancy.
Growing premium mountain fruit is the keystone to the production of our unique Chardonnay. The vineyards are planted at varying elevations and aspects to capture an array of flavors and complexities.
The attention to flavor development continues in the cellar where our Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in French oak barriques. Fermentation is allowed to take place over the course of 4 weeks, after which the wine is stirred on the lees in a labor intensive practice referred to as Battonage, resulting in the slight rich finish. 50% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, while the remainder does not to preserve acidity and vibrancy. Half the wine is aged in stainless steal, and half in French oak barrels.
Gold - 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine May 2020
Harvest Date: Early September 2018
Bottled: September 2019
Cases Produced: 5000