2017 Desert Wind Chardonnay Heritage Series
The 2017 growing season was noted for cool spring temperatures that led to a later bloom, but higher temperatures at the end of summer and near fall provided plenty of heat and sunshine to allow the Chardonnay to fully develop and ripen. Our ‘Heritage Series’ Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 100% French oak (25% new), and underwent full malolactic fermentation to produce a creamy, complex, full-bodied wine with complementing oak flavors. The wine was then aged sur lie for seven months in barrel to enhance the mouthfeel and add increased depth to the flavors. Notes of honey, tropical fruits, and a bit of vanilla are present, with soft acidity and a clean, long finish.