Charles & Charles Chardonnay 2015 NP
0.22g /100 ml
A firm, juicy, refreshing Chardonnay that picks up great power and depth in your glass. There are aromas of apple and pear with some tropical notes. Fresh and pure fruit on the palate with a streak of minerality and toasty vanilla. Sur lie aging gives the wine sweetness and softness. Power meets finesse here.
Wine Enthusiast Best Buy - “Charles & Charles 2015 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley). Aromas of yellow apple, Bosc pear and melon lead to a textured, flavorful palate and a finish that lingers. It’s a spot-on example of the variety and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Best Buy.” - Sean Sullivan
All of the fruit was grown in the Columbia Valley AVA from 3 principal vineyards: Evergreen / Ancient Lakes (65%), Shaw High River (30%), and Moxee (5%).
We’ve been so pleased with the results of our Chardonnay program over the last two vintages that we kept on that tack again this year with only some subtle adjustments. The 2015 vintage remains very much a cooler climate, Mâconnais-style Chardonnay with white fruit and minerality, but with warmer vineyard sites selected so there is power and a fullness as well. There is a touch more barrel influence with the 2015, ramping up from 20% barrel-fermented and aged to 23%, with the remaining wine fermented and aged in stainless steel. All lots were on their lees for 8 months with monthly lees stirring and also went through malolactic fermentation. The overall fermentation process contributes a beautiful richness, with a small portion of the fruit fermented separately using native yeast to add depth and complexity. An additional adjustment to the 2015 vintage to further develop more interesting and complex flavors in the bottle was a shift back to natural cork from a screw cap, also contributing to a richer fullness.