2013 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay

2013 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay

35.00 38.00

Lemony without being citrusy, e.g. it smells more of lemon verbena or citronella than lemon rind...

Quantity:
Add To Cart

inside the bottle

Lemony without being citrusy, e.g. it smells more of lemon verbena or citronella than lemon rind. The Francois Frere French oak gives it a kiss of toast and a long creaminess that isn’t heavy.

notes from the winery

Putting together our Estate Chardonnay blend each year is an absolute joy because of all of the pieces of the puzzle that we get to play with. The Estate Chardonnay was harvested from 6 blocks over 6 days between August 21 and September 5 and was fermented as 6 separate lots. However, since most of the barrels were native ferments, some allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and others partially or not at all, and barrels aged from brand new to 5 years old, each barrel followed its own journey to completion. After multiple surveys of our Chardonnay barrels, 20 were chosen to make up our “Estate” blend. We were looking for those whose aromas were typical to the property without being extreme, and whose mouthfeels were balanced with a certain amount of delicacy. In essence, we’re making our “Estate” blend to be as versatile as possible with food. The 2013 is lemony without being citrusy, i.e. it smells more of lemon verbena or citronella than lemon rind. The roughly 20% of new Francois Frere French oak give it a kiss of toast and a long creaminess that isn’t heavy. The early harvest meant higher initial malic acid levels which gives the wine a mouth-watering feel.

critical acclaim

Wine Spectator - 90 (2014)