Sorry for the long delay. Time just got away from me as I have been traveling and in the vineyards. However, I promise to be much better and keep everyone informed during harvest and after.
Today we finished the bottling the last 2008 Chardonnay-our 2008 Stuhlmuller Vineyard Chardonnay. Was this wine a easy road for us this year-not so much. Simply stated, the winemakers like to use indigenous yeast and that made for a slower fermentation and finish to the wine. Kerry and I work closely and make decisions based on what is right for the business as well as the wines. As we were gearing up for bottling at the end of June, he informed me that the Stuhlmuller still had some residual sugar and would be OK if we bottled now but would be better if we waited, finished the wine and bottled in September. No brainer for either of us.
The wine was being cold stabilized during August and was finally prepared for our September 3 bottling. We brought in a different bottling company for this wine-Ryan McGee and we knocked it out. Ryan McGee came in and was extremely efficient. We started with our 375ml bottles (first time we have done splits with any wine other than Port) and polished off the remaining 690 cases of the 750ml by noon. A good day right before harvest starts.
The wine has great color, structure and flavors-winemakers really love this! All of the 2008 Chardonnays are great so stay tuned for when they're released.