2012 Chardonnay

Tasting Notes


Composition

100% Chardonnay, 100% Organically Grown Grapes


Appellation

100% Carneros, Napa Valley


Harvest Dates

October 11th, 16th, 17th, 20th & November 12th


Sugar At Harvest

24 degrees Brix


Aging/Cooperage

100% barrel fermented, small French oak barrels


Alcohol

13.5% by volume


Acidity

TA = .62g/100 ml; pH = 3.50


Release Date

Spring 2014


Winemaker’s Notes

Our Chardonnay is brought into the winery and pressed immediately to reduce the amount of skin to juice contact. After a settling process, we begin inoculation and the juice begins fermentation in stainless steel tanks until it is transferred into small 100% French oak barrels. Upon completion of the initial fermentation, and malolactic fermentation, we allow the wine to rest on the lees to develop a hint of yeast character. The wine is then bottled and bottle aged until release. Balanced and food friendly, our Chardonnay proves to be complex without being assertive. With hints of citrus and butterscotch our Chardonnay is creamy with a nice lingering finish.


Madonna Estate

Owned and operated by the Bartolucci family, the second oldest winemaking family in the Napa Valley, Madonna Estate, utilizes organic farming methods to consistently produce premium quality wines. Certified by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), the Bartoluccis continue the commitment to farming naturally and preserving the winemaking traditions of past generations.