2010 Chardonnay, Ovation
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100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: 69% from our estate Freestone Vineyards and 31% from the Dutton Ranch Mill Station Vineyard. The wine was aged for 8 months in French oak barrels (30% new, 70% two- to three-year-old) before bottling on June 14, 2011.
The grapes for Ovation Chardonnay were hand-picked in the cool morning temperatures to preserve sugar and acidity levels in the fruit, then whole cluster pressed directly to barrel for a slow, natural fermentation over eight months without the addition of yeast. Barrels
were stirred only when necessary to suspend the lees during malolactic fermentation and the wines were racked just once prior to bottling.
The aromas of this wine fill the senses with citrus, toasted Brioche, crisp green apple and light notes of sweet almond and baking spices. This Chardonnay is sappy and lush with a full mouth feel and flavors of bright citrus, green apple, Asian pear, stone fruit and fresh figs. Ovation possesses a characteristically West Sonoma Coast mineral quality and a dense, lively energy in the long, rich finish.
The 2010 season started with modest rainfall and cool to moderate daytime temperatures. Budbreak was nearly complete in the Chardonnay vineyards by the middle of March. The unusually extended frost season lasted from April into late May but caused little to no damage throughout the Chardonnay vineyards, due to delayed development, and bloom was completed by early June. Veraison began the second week of August and the majority of all blocks were complete by August 25th. Picking began on October 1st and continued through the 21st, finishing just before the late October rains descended on the region.
The 2010 Chardonnay growing season was slow and cool, producing excellent fruit quality with uniform sugar and acid levels, making for excellent natural winemaking conditions. The finished wines are balanced and fresh with a distinctly Freestone spice element.