2020 Chardonnay 30th Anniversary Reserve

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2020 Chardonnay 30th Anniversary Reserve
2020 Chardonnay 30th Anniversary Reserve

2020 was a landmark vintage for ripeness. Our 100% estate grown, old vine Chardonnay provided us with the opportunity to capture that ripeness and preserve it for the ages. This 30th Anniversary Reserve bottling was fermented and aged in 50% new French oak, 50% twenty-year-old French oak.  Capturing both fruit flavor and the stony-minerality of our site, it is true to the Silver Thread style. But it's also full-flavored, broad and intense on the palate, a style we have never made before.We are excited to share this special club-only bottling with our members in honor of the 30th anniversary of the winery.

Winemaker notes:  Barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 10 months in 50% new French oak and 50% in 20-year-old French oak.  Barrels were stirred every two weeks during aging.  Full malolactic fermentation.  Bottled in August 2021.

Vineyard notes: Our Chardonnay vines were planted in 1984 on shallow, shale-heavy soil uphill from the winery. The vineyard is farmed using biointensive practices, a form of organic, regenerative farming that uses chemical disease control as a last resort. In 2020, the vineyard inputs were 95% organic.

Tasting notes: Aromas of melon, lemon peel and mandarin orange with flavors of sweet vanilla, toasted coconut and lemon curd.  Full body with broad and creamy texture, and long toasty finish. Drink now or cellar 5-8 years.

Pairing suggestions: Camembert or other triple-cream cheeses, smoked salmon with creme fraiche, mushroom risotto, roasted poultry in cream sauce

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