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Whitney's Vineyard, Chardonnay

Planted by Fred and Juelle Fisher in 1973, the Whitney's Vineyard is located on a small gravelly hillside with a gently sloping southwestern exposure. Today, the St. George rootstock budded to old Wente clone Chardonnay produces extremely low yields with tremendous quality. This Mountain Estate vineyard was named after Fred and Juelle's first daughter, Whitney, who was born shortly after planting. Since then, the Whitney's Vineyard has consistently produced small berries that express their mountain heritage with mineral undertones and uniquely concentrated fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes

The 2004 bursts from the glass with aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon and freshly grated nutmeg. Elegant flavors of ripe pear and honey are shaped by accents of mountain minerality and balanced by acidity. Notable viscosity adds length and weight to the palate culminating with flavors of crisp ripe apple and toasty notes of caramel and hazelnut.

- Whitney Fisher, Winemaker

Production Notes

  • Whole cluster pressed to tank
  • Juice cold settled for 24 hours
  • Moved to barrel by gravity
  • Native yeast fermentation in barrel
  • Partial malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 16 months sur lees in 50% new French oak

Alcohol by volume is 15.1%
pH 3.50
Bottle date of February 2006
275 cases produced

Vintages Produced

1984   1985   1986   1987   1988   1989   1990   1991   1992   1993   1994   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015

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