2010 Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
Blend and Grape Sources
100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Pastorale Vineyard.
October 18 and 19, 2010
Aged 14 months in 65% new and 35% two- to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling on February 15, 2012.
The grapes that went into this limited production wine came from the best block of Chardonnay planted at the Freestone estate. This block is planted to a mixture of heirloom selections, two of which went into this blend. One clone gives the wine its richness, while the other adds the minerality and bright, freshness that is typical of the Pastorale Vineyard. Grapes were whole cluster pressed cold and barrel fermented slowly over several months, followed by malolactic fermentation. Barrels were stirred as necessary, yielding the rich toasted nut flavors that coat the palate.
Aromas of citrus, key lime, wet stone and white flower fill the senses. On the palate, a medley of crisp green apple, toasted brioche and zingy tangerine meet vanilla bean and lemongrass. This is an opulent Chardonnay with laser focus and tangy acidity, making for a fresh, balanced wine. The finish is long and viscous with zesty spice notes that carry through to the end.
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. 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 heavy 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 ideal natural winemaking conditions. The finished wines are balanced and fresh with a distinctly Freestone spice element.
Wine Notes (PDF)