STAGLIN ESTATE CHARDONNAY
From the Winery: The 2018 growing season was even and mild – a delightful respite and contrast to the
extremes of 2017. A generally dry winter gave way to a wet early spring that fully
charged the soil profile with generous and well-timed rains. Ideal conditions during
the flowering period allowed for a great set made for an abundant potential crop. The
crop load was remarkable not because the number of clusters or the size of the
berries, but for the sheer number of berries on each cluster. A generally temperate
and languid summer led to a delayed and measured Estate Chardonnay harvest that
spanned a record 24 days. The grapes were again picked in the cool early mornings to
maintain their freshness, natural acidity and delicate flavors.
We continue to utilize traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, while
respecting the unique quality of the fruit our vineyard delivers. The grapes are hand
sorted, whole cluster pressed and then barrel-fermented. Given the high starting
acids, we allowed a little more of this cuvee to go through malolactic fermentation to
bring additional balance and texture to this wine. Finally, we aged this wine on its lees
for ten months in entirely large format barrels with minimal ‘batonnage’ to optimize
the purity and aromatic freshness.
The sylphlike 2018 Staglin Chardonnay is a delicately concentrated elixir of
generously ripe yellow citrus and peak apricot nestled in light meringue drizzled with
liquefied butterscotch spiced by faint hints of ginger, nutmeg and fractured vanilla
bean pod. This vibrant wine glides across the palate in a near perfect balance, at once
both rich and lean, that persists with an invitingly long finish of ephemeral delight.
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Pair with: grilled salmon, lemon chicken, and lemon squares.
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