2012 Poseidon Vineyard "The Bench" Chardonnay

2012 Poseidon Vineyard
Vintage
2012
Blend
Chardonnay
Appellation
Los Carneros
Harvest Date
Sept 28, 2012-Oct 11, 2012
Titratable Acidity
5.78g/L
pH
3.44
Bottling Date
Aug 29, 2013
Alcohol %
14.4
Wine Profile
Cooperage
100% Kádár Hungary
100% New Medium Plus & Heavy Toast
(Both 24m and 30m staved-aged barrels used)
10 months in barrel
Elevation
Sea Level to 45'
Clones
UCD 4
Year Planted
1973
Replanted in 1997
Vine Spacing
4' x 11'
Yield
4 Tons/Acre
Cases Produced
193
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TASTING NOTES
Our Bench Chardonnay shows more purity and elegance than our classic Estate offering. Opening with abundant aromatics of cream soda, anjou pears and baked pie crust, the wine is bright and fresh on the palate with flavors of lemon and vanilla custard. e focused acidity and intriguing minerality make this a particularly elegant and age-worthy offering.

 

HISTORY
The maritime environment of the Carneros grape-growing region delivers cool, foggy mornings followed by warm days that slowly nurture ripening. is seaside influence is particularly acute at our Poseidon Vineyard; one can see the masts of boats bobbing in the water just a few steps to the south. The prominent feature of our vineyard is the gravelly, geological “Bench”—the elevated, rocky, former riverbank of the Carneros Creek—that runs serpentine through the center of the site. From this unique geological feature spring some of our most distinct, small-production wines.

 

VINTAGE
The growing season in 2012 was long and relatively cool. Harvest was one of the latest on record, beginning in late September and lasting through mid- October. Extended hang–time allowed for ripe flavors to develop without compromising natural acidity, keeping the youthful flavors of the wine fresh and intact. The elevated geography of “the Bench” on the vineyard allows for quicker draining soils which aids in achieving ripeness in cooler years like 2012.

 

WINEMAKING
The fruit was pressed whole cluster in small batches and barrel fermented in a cold cellar. ere were eight barrels selected for this wine from all of our lots across “the Bench.” Only those barrels that showed a similar thread of focused flavor and intensity were chosen. Compared to our typical estate Chardonnay, this offering has a higher percentage of new, “medium plus” and “heavy” toast barrels, and some, prior to coopering, were specially seasoned (36 months total) in the cooperage yard. Lees stirring aer malolactic fermentation was employed to boost the smooth, elegant texture.

Vintage
2012
Blend
Chardonnay
Appellation
Los Carneros
Harvest Date
Sept 28, 2012-Oct 11, 2012
Titratable Acidity
5.78g/L
pH
3.44
Bottling Date
Aug 29, 2013
Alcohol %
14.4
Wine Profile
Cooperage
100% Kádár Hungary
100% New Medium Plus & Heavy Toast
(Both 24m and 30m staved-aged barrels used)
10 months in barrel
Elevation
Sea Level to 45'
Clones
UCD 4
Year Planted
1973
Replanted in 1997
Vine Spacing
4' x 11'
Yield
4 Tons/Acre
Cases Produced
193