2017 Champlin Creek Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
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2017 Champlin Creek

Chardonnay
Carneros
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About this Wine

The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from Champlin Creek, an exceptional vineyard located on a windswept hillside in western Carneros near Sonoma Town. This wine has a nice layer of oak that complements the alluring baked apple and pear fruit aromas.

Library Selection

91 Points

“Rich, round and tropical in nature, this medium-bodied wine is also citrusy in tangerine. Fleshy, full bodied and abundant, it has a long finish of baked apple and nutmeg.”
Virginie Boone
Wine Enthusiast, April 2020
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Tasting Notes

This wine has a nice layer of oak that complements the alluring baked apple and pear fruit aromas. The orchard fruit notes are echoed on the palate, where they are framed by firm, refreshing acidity that gives the flavors an inviting cooling texture. The finish is long and complex.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast - April 2020
  • “Rich, round and tropical in nature, this medium-bodied wine is also citrusy in tangerine. Fleshy, full bodied and abundant, it has a long finish of baked apple and nutmeg.”

  • 90 Points: Josh Greene Wine & Spirits - October 2019
  • “Scents of white roses and herbal tea lead into this soft, creamy chardonnay, lasting on pineapple flavors. Notes of sour cream and oregano give the wine some cut. For poached crab cakes.”

Winemaking

All grapes went direct to press as whole clusters. By pressing gently as whole clusters, we were able to preserve the bright, delicate characteristics that we prize. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation to give the wine just a hint of toast and spice. We used 40% new oak to give the wine a rich palate. Once the primary fermentation was complete, the wine went through a secondary malo-lactic fermentation. The barrel-fermented wine was aged on the lees for nine months, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. The final blend was assembled just prior to bottling, which occurred on August 13th, 2018.

Vintage

The 2017 growing season started off as a wet one. Record rainfall through April invigorated the vines and bolstered canopies. Moderate-to-warm temperatures followed, allowing the vines to bloom and mature fruit in a balanced and tempered way. We did apply more leafing in our canopy management to counter the invigorating effects of the rain. All of our Chardonnay was picked prior to the devastating wine country fires in early October, so that had no influence. The vines at Champlin Creek are planted on a hillside to clones 17 and 76. The grapes were picked on September 8th, 2017.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from Champlin Creek, an exceptional vineyard located on a windswept hillside in western Carneros near Sonoma Town. Champlin Creek features volcanic soils, which means it is rocky and well-drained. The site’s challenging combination of wind and rocky soils yield a wine with complex aromas and firm acidity.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14%
  • cases made:

    122 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/13/2018
  • aging:

    Aged on the lees for nine-month, 40% new

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation

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