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Chardonnay 2019

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From our Estate vineyards on Keuka Lake with vines dating back to 1962 originally planted by our founder. Aged 9 months in 54% French oak barrels.

The 2019 Chardonnay offers a sweet spiced oaky richness with an undertone of slate and tea. The flavors - yellow apple, flower blossom, lemon curd, and honey - are delivered with a firm structure with a long almond-filled finish.

Pair with Lobster, White Fish, Salmon, Scallops, Veal (Grilled), Chicken (Fried, Grilled), Butter Sauces, Creamy Goat or Sheep Cheese, Light Cream Sauces, Caesar Salad.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2019
ACID 7.2 g/L
Varietal Chardonnay
PH 3.49
Residual sugar 2.7 g/L
AGING 9 Months Aging. French & Hungarian Barrels.
Alcohol % 13

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TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Chardonnay offers a sweet spiced oaky richness with an undertone of slate and tea. The flavors - yellow apple, flower blossom, lemon curd, and honey - are delivered with a firm structure with a long almond-filled finish.


VINEYARD NOTES

Chardonnay on our Keuka vineyard was planted in 1962, 1968, 1974, and 2000 on various rootstocks (143A, 188-15, 3309). These are some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Finger Lakes originally planted by our founder. Vineyards on Keuka are shallow, shale-based soils which adds minerality, acidity, and elegance. 36% of the grapes come from Eric Volz Vineyard, just north across the road from Dr. Konstantin Frank’s plantings on Keuka Lake. The vineyard was planted in 1985 by Walter Volz, the winery’s first Vineyard Manager. This vineyard is managed by Eric Volz, current Vineyard Manager for the winery, who worked alongside his father Walter and grandfather, Dr. Konstantin Frank. Soils here are shallow with high natural acidity and high amounts of shale. The vines are planted on 3309 and 188-15 rootstocks.


WINEMAKER NOTES

In 2019, budbreak and flowering started about two weeks later than normal. Temperatures during the summer were moderate, and much cooler than in 2018. August and September were cooler than average. Luckily, the weather in the fall was extremely favorable with extended periods of sunny and dry days followed by cool nights. This offered excellent conditions to fully ripen the grapes well into October.


VINEYARD

54% Keuka Estate, 46% Volz Vineyard.

VINIFICATION

De-Stemmed. Direct Press. 54% Barrel Fermented. Regular Bätonnage.

VESSEL

46% Stainless Steel. 54% French & Hungarian Barrels. 23% New Oak.

FERMENTATION

54% Barrel Fermented. Regular Bätonnage.

ÉLEVAGE

9 Months Aging. French & Hungarian Barrels.

ACCOLADES

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