Bernadone Family Winery Behler Vineyard Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2012
By Bernardone Family Winery
Behler Chardonnay 2012
It's no secret our 2012 harvest was outstanding, with ideal weather and an abundance of exceptional fruit. Warm, moderate temperatures throughout the growing season allowed our fruit to reach the perfect state of ripeness without sacrificing balance and intensity. With no heat spikes, cold weather or rain, the fruit ripened evenly and developed great color and concentration, producing wines with rich flavors and excellent structure.
This rich Chardonnay is named for the Behler family, who first cultivated our estate Behler Vineyard in the 1900s. With its cool mornings and warm afternoons, this Sonoma valley vineyard is an ideal site for Chardonnay characterized by full, round flavors and crisp acidity.
Fruit is hand-picked at night to preserve the wine's delicate flavors, aromas and acidity. Grapes are pressed 100% whole cluster, then fermented sur lie in a temperature controlled room kept at 55 degrees to ensure slow fermentation. The wine under-goes 100% malolactic fermentation and is stirred by hand three times per week to increase mid-palate intensity. Aging occurs for seven months in 100% French oak barrels.
With its bright fruit and smooth, round texture, this is a subtle and tantilizing Chardonnay. Aromas of butterscotch, brioche and ginger combine with flavors of toasted almonds, butterscotch and Creme Brulee.
Blend Percentages: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Type of Oak: 100% French Oak
Aging: 7 months in barrel
Bottling Date: April 2013
Cases Produced: 500
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