2014 J Chardonnay, STRATA

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Crisp and focused, the distinctive 2014 J Vineyards STRATA Chardonnay leads with creamy lemon curd, orange zest and tart pear aromatics, backed by subtle hints of oak spiciness. The palate features accents of green apple crumble, baking spices, vanilla custard and crisp Meyer lemon, finishing with lingering notes of Anjou pear and lime zest.

VITICULTURE NOTES

Vintage 2014 continued a three-year cycle characterized by warm, dry and excellent growing conditions. A consistently early season from bud break to harvest, conditions were ideal through spring and summer, with a few well-timed heat spikes and cooling sessions. During the long growing season, we watered only when needed, mindful to use irrigation only to keep the vines in balance and honor the integrity of the fruit. The result was beautiful, small- to medium-berry clusters that produced balanced wine with good acidity and ample fruit.

WINEMAKING NOTES

The grapes for the 2014 STRATA Chardonnay were sourced from four incredible vineyards throughout the cool-climate Russian River Valley growing region. In addition to showcasing expert winemaking blending skills, the lots chosen for inclusion in our STRATA Chardonnay feature the distinctive terroir–driven lemon cream and focused minerality qualities of this ideal Chardonnay growing region. Three months of malolactic sur-lie fermentation delivered the wine’s creamy, silky character. We used tight-grain French oak barrels, 64% new, for nine months’ aging, giving the wine hints of toasty character and elegant vanilla flavor.

Technical Notes

Vineyard:
Bow Tie Vineyard and other select sources
Clones:
Z, Wente, Old Robert Young
Aging:
100% tight grain French oak, 64% new, for 9 months
Harvest Dates:
September 1st – 29th
Alcohol:
14.1%
Acid:
0.63g/ 100ml
pH:
3.38

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