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Barnett Vineyards Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard 750ML 2010
Sku: 1382231
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Carneros
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Reg. $31.95
Buy Barnett Vineyards Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard
The 2010 is an extremely layered Chardonnay, with elements of honeycomb and crème brulee on the nose, surrounded by tropical elements of guava and ripe kiwi. Typical to the Sangiacomo, soapstone minerality is apparent in the background. The richness on the palate is surrounded with flavors of vanilla bean and honeysuckle, while the viscosity is balanced well with the fresh malic acid that comes through on the finish. This Chardonnay is fresh and vibrant now but will develop additional complexity over the next 5 to 6 years (2016-2017).

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Wine maker notes
The grapes were harvested in the early morning where the cool fog kept the grapes fresh prior to their delivery to the winery. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and kept overnight in a cool tank to allow the solids to settle. The next morning the juice was inoculated and moved to barrel (20% new) for the primary fermentation. Every barrel began malo-lactic fermentation naturally. Each barrel was monitored for flavor profile changes throughout the malolactic and stopped at the perfect point resulting in approximately 22% of the malic converting to lactic acid.

Technical notes
Clonal Blend: 100% Chardonnay (58% Dijon 95, 42% Wente) Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented, 22% Malolactic Aging: Aged ‘Sur Lee' for 10 months in French Oak 20% new and 80% used Alcohol: 14.3%

Producer
Each wine made at Barnett Vineyards is either Estate Bottled, from Spring Mountain or from a single vineyard in another viticulture district that we have chosen. The wines, therefore, are inextricably linked to the vineyards from which they come from. The Estate Vineyards are all located at the top of Spring Mountain. The majority of the vineyards are terraced on slopes that are 30 degrees or more. The original estate vines are now 22 years old and are planted on a 6x10 grid. In the past few years much of the original vineyard has undergone redevelopment and now vines are spaced 4x4. The topography is so steep and the plantings are so closely spaced that traditional farming methods such at tractors and disking are not possible. The Estate Vineyards are complete farmed by hand from bud break until harvest. The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Both soil content and weather contribute to the uniqueness of the Estate Wines. The soils are poor in nutrients and contain much rock, the richer topsoil having washed down to the valley floor many years ago. This poorer soil makes the vines work harder to produce fruit, the results being smaller crops, and smaller more intensely flavored berries. The location and elevation of the property contribute substantially to the characteristics of the wine. The coastal fog which covers the floor of the Napa Valley most mornings during the growing season seldom reaches the top of Spring Mountain thus giving our vineyards several hours of sunlight each day that the valley floor is deprived of. The elevation keeps our temperatures an average of 8-10 degrees cooler all year which usually results in later bud break and a later harvest than vineyards located at lower elevations. While the main focus of Barnett Vineyards is the Estate Vineyards and wine the other wines we produce are made from neighboring vineyards on Spring Mountain or single vineyards from two other AVAs that we favor. These wines are also an expression of place and climate. To learn more about the details of each vineyards and wine click on to the wine of your choice on the left of this page.


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