Wine "Freestone" Chardonnay, 2011
Wine beautiful yellow-golden color.
The wine has a fresh, lively taste with a balanced minerality and creamy texture, with notes of green apple, melon, lemon custard and a long finish with hints of vanilla and stone fruit.
Bright aroma of the wine reveals notes of green apple, honeysuckle and white colors, nuances of lemon peel, toast and rubble.
The wine goes well with chicken in cream sauce, white meat, seafood and delicate fish dishes.
"Freestone" Chardonnay - monosortovoe wine created from the harvest from their own sites on the coast of Freestone Winery in Sonoma. This wine is a pure expression of the terroir of Sonoma Coast.2011 season started with plenty of rainfall, which lasted until June. Flowering and budding were later than usual, but with the sun on a warm summer day grape development went according to plan. Warm September allowed the fruit to reach maturity. Collection began on 30 September and continued until the 25th of October. Since vegetation Chardonnay in 2011 was slow and in a cool climate, crop showed excellent quality, balanced blood sugar and acidity. In the future, the finished wine shows a balanced, fresh taste with distinct hints of spice.
To preserve the varietal characteristics of Chardonnay were collected in the morning cool clock, whole bunches underwent direct compression, resulting wort passed a slow, natural fermentation. During the process of malolactic fermentation on the lees must repeatedly stirred for more texture. Excerpt wine lasted 13 months and was held in the new (40%) and two-three-year French oak barrels of low and medium roasting. Bottling wine bottles held February 13, 2013.
The famous Napa Valley winemaker Joe Phelps - founder of "Freestone Vinyards" - for many years sought appropriate land for planting two great grape varieties - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1999, together with his son Bill and the management team of the winery "Joseph Phelps" has acquired a former dairy farm, occupies about 100 acres in Sonoma Freestone on the coast. Start of development of these lands were divided three sections - "Freestone", "Quarter Moon" and "Ferguson", each of which has its own characteristics. 80 acres were brought to Pinot Noir, 20 acres - a Chardonnay.
Maturing in the local cold climate grapes often gives very low yield because of the cool days of spring vegetation. Also not uncommon for the region are sudden changes in temperature within one day. But a small number of crops is compensated by high quality and concentrated flavor. By 2007, the new building was built winery. In the vineyards used for the removal of green harvesting immature grape clusters. Careful collection and sorting manually promote freshness and pure expression of fruit. Different methods of treatment of each of the vineyards and the different ways of vinification harvest from individual blocks are aimed at developing the capacity of each cuvée. Finally, to maintain the character of the wine Freestone is bottled without filtration.