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Byron's 2011 Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay is a combination of clone 95 and Wente clones. It shows off the minerality and concentration of the Wente clone and the stone fruit and honey from the clone 95. The flavor profile is very creamy and rich with hints of honey, citrus and mineral with a touch of oak. The Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay is handcrafted using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible. The wine was 100% barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation. During this time, the barrels were hand-stirred twice monthly to enhance texture, complexity, and longevity. Native yeasts, which contribute silkiness and depth to the wine, were used on selected lots to round out the final blend.
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|
|Barrel Regime||12 Months in 100% French Oak, 40% New|
|Harvest Date||October 2011|
|Bottling Date||August 2012|
|Release Date||November 2012|
|First commercial vineyard planted in
Santa Barbara County in 1964.