Dry White Wines
Bottled: May 2015
This 2014 Yadkin Valley Chardonnay was harvested in mid-September & fermented in stainless steel to preserve purity & freshness. After alcoholic fermentation, this wine wasn’t allowed to proceed thru malolactic fermentation in order to accentuate delicate notes of lemon oil and wildflowers.
A small portion of the wine (30%) was then aged in old French oak casks for several months to subtly develop the wine. Old French barrels were hand selected to contribute to subtle complexity without overtly extracting oak characteristics. In order to enhance the wine’s texture and body, this Chardonnay was then aged sur lie for over 6 months. In the glass, a vibrant melody of citrus blossom is exhibited on the nose with hints of cantaloupe on the palate. This wine has excellent depth and finishes with lasting notes of a citron-mineral zest.
Enjoy with subtle flavors such as seared ahi tuna, grilled chicken breast or dried apricots & pecans. Enjoy now, but the wine will continue to evolve for the next several years.
Serving recommendations: 52-55°F
Less than 0.3%
Silver Medal: 2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition (2013 Vintage)
Silver Medal: 2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (2013 Vintage)
Gold Medal: 2012 Virginia Wine Lover's Magazine Wine Classic (2010 Vintage)