Harvest began anywhere from 10 days to three weeks later than in 2017. Thanks to consistent growing conditions and cooler temperatures, the grapes were allowed to mature slowly. There were a few instances of heat spikes, but mostly even temperatures throughout the season with little-to-no frost damage. As the season drew to a close it was obvious an abundant beautiful crop was at hand.
Judd’s Hill Chenin Blanc is sourced from the Merwin Elk Slough Ranch in Clarksburg Yolo County, California. It is located on the Sacramento River, in the extreme southeastern corner of the county and lies at an elevation of 10 feet (3 m). This region is rapidly becoming known for growing Chenin Blanc grapes. The climate of the Clarksburg AVA creates a moderately long growing season with ample airflow and light to create award winning wines.
The fruit was pressed and left to settle overnight. The juice was then racked off the gross lees into barrel for fermentation. Primary fermentation lasted 14 days, then halted to prevent ML. The wine aged on the fine lees in oak for 7 months prior to bottling.
Tropical aromatics of guava, passionfruit, and pineapple. On the palate the wine is light and fresh, with notes of green apple and citrus. The finish is bright and crisp, with lingering acidity.
The fresh and fruity characterizes of Judd’s Hill Chenin Blanc pairs beautifully with vegetable dishes or salads, the slight amount of oak that the wine is exposed to also allow it to pair with spicy food, like Jerk Chicken, rich fish or cream-based entrees. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup is a great way to warm your belly on cool autumn evenings! A light and healthy recipe with bold Greek flavors.
|Wine Style||White Wine|
|Harvest Date||September 25, 2018|
|Sugar||23.1 brix at harvest|
|Aging||Neutral French Oak|
|Bottling Date||May 16, 2019|