Lava Cap Reserve Chardonnay 2017
|Region||California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado|
To balance the complexity of the Chardonnay fruit, Joe Norman head winemaker, selects an array of French barrel producers to ferment and age the wine. To develop our characteristic richness, 90% of our Chardonnay ferments and ages in barrel for 10 months while the remaining lots ferment and age in small stainless steel tanks. This allows us to use up to 7 unique yeast strains including wild and exotic selections. During fermentation and aging the lees are stirred imparting a rich pie crust note on the mid palate and finish. The final wine displays rich zesty lemon and apple blossom aromas that leads into pleasant notes of Bosc pear and a light toasty vanilla finish.
This wine is packed full of ripe apple and pear flavors that are accented by vanilla and butter. This is a full-bodied, barrel-fermented wine that's big in profile but smooth in feel.