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2018 Chardonnay

2018 Chardonnay
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Tasting Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Winemaker Notes

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.

Awards

Gold - 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine May 2020

Wine Specs

Harvest Date: Early September 2018
Bottled: September 2019
Alcohol: 14.2%
pH: 3.4
Cases Produced: 5000

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Lava Cap Winery
2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-0175   directions
Tasting Room Hours
10am - 5pm daily (except New Year's Day,
Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)