Anapamu Chardonnay 1998

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Item No. 10353
  • white wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Due to El Nino climatic conditions were prevaldent in 1998, the cool spring resulted in a late harvest with small yields and grapes with concentrated fruit flavors. In order to preserve these sun ripened flavors, the grapes were pressed immediately at the winery, the juice was settled and fed directly into barrels for fermentation. The minimal handling by not crushing nor destemming the grapes maximizes flavors and minimizes bitter tannins from the skin and seed contact. The juice slowly fermented over the next five weeks predominantly in un-inoculated yeasts, thus adding complexity. We used mostly new American and European oak to compliment, but not overwhelm the fruit flavors of the wine. Malolactic fermentation added further layers of flavor and richness. The wine completed seven months of sur lie aging with periodic stirring, adding a creamy mouthfeel. The wine remained in the original barrels without racking until blending. The wine was minimally fined, but not filtered prior to bottling, this is to preserve the wines full flavors and texture.

Learn About Anapamu

Anapamu's distinctively styled wines showcase grapes carefully selected from quality vineyards in the Central Coast area of California. The sun-rich Central Coast is making a name for itself as a great wine-growing region by producing wines that exhibit unsurpassed quality and value.

Anapamu's wines are made from flavorful grapes (with a particular focus on award-winning Syrah) and are approachable and unpretentious.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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