2014 AB Leveroni Chardonnay – August Briggs

2014 Chardonnay

Leveroni Vineyard, Carneros

This wine has a light golden color and effuses aromas of poached pear, white nectarines, vanilla bean and pineapple. It is fresh and vibrant with a long enjoyable finish.

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ABOUT THIS WINE

Our first wine for the Fall club comes from the great Leveroni vineyard located on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. This is year number 19 from which we have made wine from this acclaimed vineyard. The 2014 was characterized by being early…early budbreak, early flowering, early veraison and early harvest. This combined with an ideally warm spring and a moderately warm summer with even temperatures has made an incredible chardonnay.

This wine has a light golden color and effuses aromas of poached pear, white nectarines, vanilla bean and pineapple. It is fresh and vibrant with a long enjoyable finish. Perfect for pairing with any dish that plays off fruit flavors, like mahi mahi with pineapple-jalapeno salsa. Yum!

The grapes for this wine were picked at 24.8 brix then whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, inoculated with yeast, and racked to barrels for fermentation. Barrels used were 100% French, with 30% being new and 70% being a mix of 2 year old barrels from the previous vintage. After completion of fermentation the wine was inoculated with a malo-lactic culture, stirred weekly, and sur-lees aged 8 months. 195 cases produced.
SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage 2014
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Carneros
Alcohol 13.0%
Cases 200
Barrel Aging 8 Months
Barrels French Oak