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2015 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay
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10 month in 17% new French oak
ML fermentation halted at 50%
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2015 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay

"Fermata" means halted in Italian and this wine is so named because we halt the secondary fermentation at its halfway point.  This gives the wine richness but also preserves its acidity and energy.

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SKU: 15Ferm

The Chardonnay from our Estate vineyard is consistently rich and luxurious. It owes its heightened concentration to our climate, complex soils and demanding farming practices. By halting the malolactic fermentation at 50%, our Fermata Chardonnay counterbalances this wine’s inherent richness with its own natural acidity. Our 2015 features powerful aromatics ranging from lemon and lime to toast and crème brûlée. The palate delivers viscosity, structure and minerals.

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Vineyard Notes
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is set in a sheltered nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The estate consists of 72 acres of which 67.75 are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Falanghina. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our soils, Arroyo Gravelly Loam and Hanford Gravely Sandy Loam, provide a low-vigor, well-draining, disease- and pest-free medium for our vines. They also impart a subtle mineral quality to our wines. To preserve our local ecosystem, we have worked with viticultural consultant Steve McIntyre to develop a sustainable farming program, certified by CCVT, tailored to our estate. In addition to protecting the local environment, we believe it allows us to produce wines that are more authentic and specific to our terroir.
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