Matchbook Chardonnay 2013
Six different clones of chardonnay were used in this wine and all were picked at night and delivered to the winery before sunrise to ensure that fresh cool grapes were crushed. Clone 809 (the most exotic clone) was cold tank fermented to retain its Muscat character. The other clones were barrel fermented in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak. Yeast "cocktails" (a mixture of the winemaker's favorite compatible yeasts) were used on all lots to ensure complex fermentation characters would evolve in the wine. We stirred the lees weekly for eight months to enhance texture and flavor.