Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2007

The Columbia Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) is a region separated from Seattle’s rainy, marine climate by the Cascade Mountains. The mountains shield the rain, limiting annual rainfall to 6-8 inches, allowing our vineyard managers to control vine vigor through irrigation. During the summer, daytime temperatures hover in the mid-80’s under sunny skies; cool nighttime temperatures in the fall protect the grapes’ natural acidity and provide perfect conditions for ripening. The resulting grapes develop intense aromas and flavors and create the distinctive sensibilities of Washington state wines.

    VINEYARDS

  • Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually.
  • Sandy soils with low fertility and low water-holding capacity enable precise control of vine growth.
  • Warm, sunny days and cool evenings create ideal conditions for aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes.
  • A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing
    the region’s ability to ripen fruit.
    WINEMAKING

  • The Columbia Valley blend is made from numerous vineyard lots resulting in a complex, layered Chardonnay.
  • The mostly Epernay II yeast imparts soft, fruit forward flavors in the finished wine.
  • Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity.
  • 10% tank fermented Chardonnay was added to the blend to make a fresh, friendly style of Chardonnay.
  • Sur lie aged for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (10% new) with regular stirring to soften the wine and integrate fruit
    and oak flavors.
    TECHNICAL DATA

  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 0.54g /100ml
  • pH:  3.52
  • Blend: 100% Chardonnay
    FOOD PAIRINGS

  • Foods: Crab, poultry, salmon, scallops
  • Herbs: Ginger, lemon zest, tarragon, thyme
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