2008 SHV Chardonnay

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In the past we have described our SHV as our second label Chardonnay from our youngest vines. And that part is still true. However, those vines are now fifteen years old and considered mature by any standard. The fruit they are giving us makes a wine with more depth and ageability than previously, which will stand on its own in any Chardonnay crowd. Although both of Stony Hill's Chardonnays are from the Wente Clone, the SHV is lighter in weight and density in the mouth and has a flavor profile with tropical fruit overtones. And this is where terroir comes in. Although most of our vineyards are east and northeast facing and don't receive late afternoon sun, five out of eight acres of the SHV grapes are planted in our highest vineyard, at 1,400 feet elevation, on a west facing slope. We think it's the afternoon sun from that western exposure that gives added heat and changes the phenols in the grapes, thus accounting for the different flavor profile. This is an agreeable, food-friendly wine to serve with Mike's Farmhouse Prawn Risotto (click here for recipe).

2008 SHV Chardonnay

Tech Details

Farming: Dry-farmed Age of Vines: 15 years
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: Chardonnay
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay - Grown, produced and bottled at Stony Hill Vineyard with grapes from our youngest Chardonnay vines Harvest Date: 8/26/2008 - 9/6/2008
Fermentation Time: 2 weeks in 7 to 32-year-old French oak barrels Fermentation Temp: 60 degrees
Aging Time: 6 months in aged oak barrels Filtering: Filtered to remove yeast and inhibit malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date: 3/27/2009 Total Acidity: .68%
Residual Sugar: Dry Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.29 Aging Potential: 5 years
Production: 328 cases in 750 ml bottles Release Date: September 2009
Price at Winery: $21.00 per bottle