The fruit for our 2012 Quartette Chardonnay was grown at Three Creeks Vineyards and is a blend of Dijon 76, 95 and 96 along with Espiguette 352. The fruit was hand harvested on October 8th and placed in our harvest bins, which were promptly covered to protect the fruit and immediately transported to the winery where the clusters were hand sorted so that our winemaker could began the art of limited input winemaking.
Fermentation began naturally by the native yeasts provided by the vineyard and our Chardonnay was aged sur lie (on the lees) for seven months in a blend of 100% French oak and stainless steel barrels. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed weekly. These old world, artisanal winemaking techniques add a dimension of creaminess, texture and complexity to the mouthfeel while maintaining the wonderful aromas and flavors of the fruit.