According to The Wine Institute, Chardonnay is “far and away the most popular wine in the U.S,” and Lanza Vineyards is shipping some to you!
The Lanza Chardonnay was planted in 1996 in 8 x 10 vineyard blocks. It is Clone 9 on St. George rootstock. The grapes are grown in the cool climate area of Suisun Valley, CA. It see fabulous fog in the morning, hot days, and cool nights – just what Chardonnay likes.
The Chardonnay was harvested at around 23.5-24.5 degrees brix. Try adding some French Oak to your Chardonnay during aging to create that delicateness which Chardonnay is known for. There are many ways to add this infusion of flavor. French Oak dust, chips, staves and barrels can be used. However, if you prefer a crisper Chardonnay with bright apple notes, age your wine in stainless steel to keep the wine fresh and vibrant!
Christina’s Tips: Try out these Chardonnays for some winemaking inspiration! 2010 Wooden Valley Chardonnay: it has hints of crisp apples and sweet pears, 2010 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay from Laird Family Estates: with notes of honeysuckle and white blossom, 2009 Napa Carneros Ceja Chardonnay: has a kiwi, marzipan, and crème brulee flavor profile, Las Pierres: with lemon-lime and bright acidity, and Three Sticks 2009 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay: well rounded with elegant fruit flavor.