2017 Chardonnay TASTING NOTES
100% Chardonnay, 100% Organically Grown Grapes
100% Carneros, Napa Valley
October 5th, 6th, 14th and 17th
Sugar At Harvest
23.5 degrees Brix
100% barrel fermented, small French oak barrels
13.8% by volume
TA = .61g/100 ml; pH = 3.50
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.
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.