2013 Huge Bear Chardonnay Sonoma County
The Vintage: The 2013 growing season was ideal with steady, moderate temperatures that allowed our fruit to ripen at the optimal speed. The result is another stellar vintage defined by clean, outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced acidity and sugar levels.
The Crafting: After grapes were pressed cold and settled in tank for 48 hours, the juice was racked off of the lees to barrels for fermentation. Once primary fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation were accomplished, the barrels were stirred every two weeks to keep the yeast suspended in the wine to enhance texture. With the desired mouthfeel achieved, the wine was allowed to settle and age sur lie in barrel for nine months.
The Tasting: Our 2013 Huge Bear Sonoma County Chardonnay possesses amazing depth and drive. Lush aromas of Meyer lemon, vanilla custard, sweet oak and baking spices round out the full palate, finishing with lasting flavors of green apple, peaches, honey and citrus.
The Pairing: Consider pairing this plush wine with artisan cheeses such as Robiola or dry-aged Parmesan and roasted tree nuts.