We have again crafted a white wine worthy of the Citation label, an exceptional Chardonnay packed with aromas citrus, butterscotch, spun sugar, vanilla bean and ripe apples. It’s rich and mouth-filling with a touch of toasty oak followed by a hint of baking spices on the lingering finish.
In 2014, a warm spring and the earliest bloom in 35 years set the stage for our earliest harvest to date. On September 10th and 15th, perfectly ripe grapes were harvested from two small plantings of Chardonnay. One, atop Firesteed's spectacular Erratic Oaks Vineyard, the other, nestled high in the foothills of Oregon's Blue Mountains.
After whole-cluster pressing and barrel-fermentation, the wines aged in French oak for 11 months. By blending high-elevation, old-vine Chardonnay with our young Dijon clone planting in the heart of the Willamette Valley, we hope to achieve new levels of complexity, richness and balance.
pH: 3.45 / TA: 6.20 g/l / Alcohol: 13.3% / RS: 0.8 g/l