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Halfmoon Cellars 2013 Reserve Chardonnay

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Chardonnay

VINEYARD

Suisun Valley

HARVEST DATES

September – October 2013

AGEING

12 months in American Oak Barrels

ALCOHOL CONTENT

11.5%

TOTAL ACIDITY

5.5g/L

PH

3.55

WINEMAKERS

Alison Bauder
John Reyes

2013

Reserve Chardonnay

Appellation American

 

Price: $25.00

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Tasting Notes & Food Pairings

Our Reserve Chardonnay is a soft body texture wine. Layers of butter, cream, and vanilla melt into balance with oak, spice, and nut. It is aged for 12 months in American Oak barrels which enhance its beautiful golden color and creamy texture. This wine pairs well with the following foods: Pork loin, chicken, veal, shrimp, crab, lobster, asiago, havarti, mozzarella, almonds, risotto, apple, pecan and key lime pie, yellow and pound cake, banana pudding, and caramel swirl ice cream.

 

Vineyard

The grapes for our Chardonnay come from the Suisun Valley of California. The Suisun Valley has a generally warm climate and benefits from the cooling effects of moist ocean breezes that enter the valley via Suisun Bay. These winds cool the vineyards throughout the growing season. The grapes come from the vineyard of the Lanza family and their vineyard has been producing wine grapes since 1933.

 

Vintage

2013 was a near-ideal growing season in Suisun Valley, with a warm, dry spring fostering early budbreak and trouble-free flowering and grape set. Consistently mild summer weather free of rain or unwelcome heat spikes allowed our grapes to be harvested with an optimal balance of ripe, concentrated fruit flavors and lively acidity.

 

Winemaking

The 2013 Chardonnay was fermented in our Albany, NY winery using a yeast that promotes full body and mouthfeel and contributes to ripe tropical fruit and citrus notes. After alcohol fermentation the wine has undergone malolactic fermentation and been aged in American Oak barrels for 12 months.

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