92 Points Wine Enthusiast April 2018 / Gold Medal 2018 San Fransisco Chronicle Wine Competition
The 2016 vintage continues to consistently elevate Lava Cap’s Chardonnay. Zesty lemon and apple blossom aroma lead into pleasant apple and pear flavors. Vanilla notes complement a lightly toasted pie crust finish.
Growing premium mountain fruit is the keystone to the production of our unique Chardonnay. The vineyards are planted at varying elevations and aspects to capture an array of flavors and complexities.
The attention to flavor development continues in the cellar where our Chardonnay ferments in 100% French oak barrels. During fermentation the wine is stirred on the lees in a labor intensive practice referred to as Battonage, resulting in the slight biscuity finish. The 2016 Chardonnay fruit flavors are bolstered by pleasant acidity and a touch of oak on the finish.
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