Latah Creek Chardonnay 2016

Latah Creek Chardonnay 2016
Latah Creek Chardonnay 2016
Here's what WinePress Northwest had to say about our 2016 Chardonnay:
 
2016 Chardonnay By Wine Press Northwest Spring 2018 Rating:
Excellent and Best Buy!
Washington’s first father-daughter winemaking team - Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes - continue their tradition with this emerging vineyard in the fascinating Ancient Lakes region. Their approach opens in stainless steel and gets passed into French oak for three months before going into bottle. It produces a theme of mint, toast, pineapple, apple, and pear with lingering sensations of mango and lime.

 

BACKGROUND

Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, love this vineyard source for their Chardonnay. The northern location gives way to cool nights, which allow sugars to mature and acid levels to stay intact. They enjoy offering an approachable, often fruity, Chardonnay, with just a hint of oak.

SOURCING

Familigia Vineyards, 100% Chardonnay

WINEMAKING

The 2016 growing season was really hot throughout the summer. Many of our early ripening grapes were harvested in late August/early September. But then the weather cooled down significantly, which allowed the later ripening varietals the chance to hang on the vine a little longer and obtain more fruit characteristics. The latter was the case for our 2016 Chardonnay. The additional hang-time gave this wine an extra burst of fruit flavor, making it one of the best Chardonnays we’ve produced in several years. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A Malolactic bacterium was added to cause a partial secondary fermentation, softening the acids and smoothing out the wine. 3 months in 100% new French and American oak rounded the finish.

FOOD PAIRING

Enjoy this wine with Fish, Seafood, Cream Sauces, and Lighter Beef Meals, such as Ellena’s Alfredo Pasta recipe – published in her latest cookbook.

Tasting notes

 

This wine opens up with aromas of apricot mingled with lemon bar. Flavors of crisp apple and creamy butter with a hint of banana and lemon curd envelop your mouth A partial malolactic fermentation and 3 months in oak lends to a smooth, creamy, and lightly toasted finish.

Production notes

The 2016 growing season was really hot throughout the summer. Many of our early ripening grapes were harvested in late August/early September. But then the weather cooled down significantly, which allowed the later ripening varietals the chance to hang on the vine a little longer and obtain more fruit characteristics. The latter was the case for our 2016 Chardonnay. The additional hang-time gave this wine an extra burst of fruit flavor, making it one of the best Chardonnays we’ve produced in several years. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A Malolactic bacterium was added to cause a partial secondary fermentation, softening the acids and smoothing out the wine. 3 months in 100% new French and American oak rounded the finish.

 

Vintage2016
VarietalChardonnay
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationAncient Lakes of Columbia Valley
VineyardFamiligia Vineyard
Harvest Date10/01/2016
Sugar24.0
Acid0.64
PH3.34
Aging3 months in 100% new French and American oak
Fermentationfull primary and partial secondary
Residual Sugar0.1%
Alcohol12.00%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/22/2017

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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