2017 José S. Ferrer reserve Chardonnay
About the wine
José named Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards to honor his loving wife. In turn, we named our finest Chardonnay to honor José. The most exceptional blocks from our 335-acre Carneros vineyard are selected each vintage for this bottling. The 2017 José S. Ferrer Chardonnay was produced in limited quantity and is only available through the winery.
The spring of 2017 brought record rainfall to break the 6 year drought and provided plenty of water to the vines for a vigorous start to the season. Throughout the growing season hot weather kept the grapes ripening quickly, but plenty of vegetation from strong spring growth provided some protection from the heat. Harvest began on August 7, about 10 days earlier than average. Fortunately we were able to pick all of the grapes at their optimum ripeness to produce outstanding wines from the vintage.
Aromas of tropical and stone fruits with a touch of toast greet the nose. On the palate flavors of green apple and peach lead into a burst of stone fruit. The mouthfeel is full without being heavy and serves to balance the abundant fruit. Bright acidity pulls this all together and makes for a crisp finish.
The Chardonnay grapes are all gently whole cluster pressed to minimize extraction of bitter compounds. The juice is then barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels with 42% new oak for 9 months. About 35% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to soften the bright acidity of our José S. Ferrer Chardonnay. Every four weeks for six months the barrels were stirred (battonage) to mix the lees to build the supple mouthfeel of the wine.
This Chardonnay is a beautiful match for Ginger chili shrimp skewers with grilled peach and jalapeno salsa. Tropical fruit flavors hold up well to pineapple and brown sugar cobbler with crème fraiche ice cream. For the cheese course use soft cheeses akin to St. Andre or La Tur, apricot mango compote and roasted Marcona almonds.
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