2018 Chehalem Club Exclusive Chardonnay
Our inaugural Club Exclusive Chardonnay was fermented half in stainless steel drums and half in French oak, creating a beautiful harmony in the wine. The nose and palate are both rich and creamy while still being bright, fresh, and crisp. It is the perfect in-between of our INOX and Reserve Chardonnays, sourced from Stoller Estate Vineyard.
The 2018 vintage was magic. Following the trend of the past several vintages, summer was warm, but nighttime temperatures remained cool, helping the fruit to hold its natural acidity. As harvest approached, temperatures cooled ever so slightly, creating perfect fruit ripening conditions. With no big rainstorms on the horizon, we never had an urgency to pick. Once we started picking fruit, the vintage was slow and consistent with perfect flavors and lab numbers. The 2018 vintage will produce fantastic wines. 100 cases produced.