West Elks AVA

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The hand-harvested grapes were grown in our Redstone Vineyard at a commanding vista of 5,800 feet in altitude. The long, cool growing season creates intensely flavored fruit which holds its acidity very well. Our Redstone Reserve Chardonnay is harvested late in the season. The mountain climate of the Paonia area creates this sterling example of a crisply structured and richly flavored Chardonnay reminiscent of French white burgundies.  

The wine was 100% barrel fermented at cool temperatures to preserve the unique fruit flavors. Partial malolactic fermentation adds a rich texture and softens the wine, but the acidic balance keeps the wine vibrant on the palate. Aging in American and Hungarian oak barrels accentuates the wine’s buttery, nutty aromas. Spicy apple flavors enhance the lingering finish.


harvest
October 1998

Aging
7 months

storage

American & Hungarian oak barrels

bottling
July 1999

quantity
585 cases

statistics
14.6% Alc, pH 3.41, TA 6.6 g/l