2010 Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay Magnum
This chilly vintage produced a beautiful, pale golden wine. Crisp Macintosh apple, limoncello, and pear fruit notes form the central fruit core. These are followed by a touch of vanilla, ginger and butterscotch - a perfect marriage of bright acidity with rich fl avor. The hallmark Bouchaine sueded texture persists in a longlasting fi nish.
The 2010 growing season was one of the coolest in recent memory and marked the third year of drought conditions. The summer had rain and cool temperatures during bloom with clouds and fog until nearly 2 p.m. almost all season long. It produced a small, fl avorful crop that ripened late. This kept our Estate Chardonnay grape sugars low and acids high, with full fl avor development from long ripening, making a bright and well-defi ned wine. Harvest was not completed until October 23, 2010.