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parched. Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018


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The 2018 parched. Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine originating from the Gold Coast Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA. With San Pablo Bay in view from the vineyard, the fruit for this wine is protected with a blanket of fog throughout the summer mornings, retaining the freshness in this wine. Having gone through full malolactic fermentation in barrel, the bright apple aromatics still jump out of the glass. Retaining some mid-palate bodyweight from barrel fermentation, it is surprising how clean this wine is on the palate. Great with food and will hold up to medium term cellaring. 

The 2018 growing season began with a relatively dry spring and just a bit below normal rainfall over the winter. Budbreak was close to normal, leading to flowering in late May. The summer didn’t see too many heat spikes, but we were treated to cooler than normal mornings, which slowed down the maturation process leading to a night pick on October 14th. 

Harvest date:  October 14th, 2018 
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyard: Gold Coast Vineyard
Brix at harvest: 25.5
Fermentation: 50% new French Oak, 50% used French Oak
Aging: Aged 10 monthly in French oak, on the lees, stirred monthly
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.46
TA: 6.40 g/L
Bottled: July 2019
Case production: 155 cases
Winemaker: Thomas Bougetz 

Bougetz Cellars

Bougetz Cellars

Quality can only be achieved if you start with great fruit. Having worked with great  vineyards from Santa Barbara to Eastern Washington, our winemaker has had the opportunity to work with fruit from quite a variety of top notch sites. The focus of our portfolio is on Bordeaux varieties from Napa Valley, but when access to a premium vineyard pops up,  we may jump at the chance to add a special bottling. Discover More