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2017 Franciscan Chardonnay Monterey County & Napa County Image

2017 Franciscan Chardonnay Monterey County & Napa County

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Wine Profile

Brimming with warm toasted oak, pear compote and vanilla sugar. Subtle notes of pineapple and lemon zest. Vibrant caramel apple, followed by ripe pear and fresh vanilla bean. Light minerality and floral notes add complexity on the palate.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Brimming with warm toasted oak, pear compote and vanilla sugar. Subtle notes of pineapple and lemon zest. Vibrant caramel apple, followed by ripe pear and fresh vanilla bean. Light minerality and floral notes add complexity on the palate. 100% Chardonnay
Production Notes
The 2017 vintage in Monterey saw moderate temperatures through the summer, great for ripening Chardonnay and a welcome change from the heat seen in recent vintages in this region. This resulted in harvest dates all the way into early October. Meanwhile, 2017 in Napa Valley started with one of the wettest winters on record, with rainfall exceeding 150% of normal. This was a welcome respite from the relatively dry previous vintages, with the rains filling reservoirs and bringing much-needed moisture to soils. Harvest began at a relaxed pace, with our first grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, arriving on August 22. Our Chardonnays followed over a three-week period beginning on September 4.
Winemaker Notes
Chardonnay is a great passion of ours here at Franciscan. We strive for fresh fruit intensity, with the richness and opulence of malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging, and just the right touch of toasty oak. This helps to deliver the delicious, creamy complexity for which Franciscan Chardonnay is known. A portion of the wine is made with native or “wild” yeast, a tradition at Franciscan going back decades. This vintage is a blend made from two renowned Chardonnay winegrowing regions, combining all their best qualities. Its Monterey County components, including fruit from Arroyo Seco and San Bernabe, contribute lush tropical notes, freshness and elegance, while the Napa grapes from Carneros and southern Napa Valley contribute ripe pear and apple notes, and great weight and texture.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Monterey and Napa Counties
Acid
6.4 g/L
pH
3.41
Aging
7 months sur lie in small French and American oak barrels, 30% new
Fermentation
76% Barrel Fermented, 24% Stainless Steel
Alcohol %
13.5
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