Cannonball Sonoma County Chardonnay 2020
Easy like Sunday morning. Light on the nose and crisp on the palate, this is a simple, enjoyable white wine, smooth and easygoing.
Grape varietal and region: The sourcing takes us to Coastal California counties from Mendocino to Sonoma to Monterey. Fog currents and wind, warm sunshine and adequate rainfall characterize each of these regions and draw us to them for their fine suitability for growing luscious Chardonnay grapes.
Taste profile: This bottle of Cannonball Chardonnay provides a delicate entry. It has a light and floral aroma with peach flavour that transitions to apricot, pineapple and tangy nectarine. The acidity is bright and the structure is light to medium weight with fresh mineral acidity.
Winemaking process: Grapes are harvested in the morning hours to ensure that their flavors remain true and unaffected by the heat of the day. Grapes are then sent directly to a pneumatic press to liberate the juice from the berries and fermentation takes place both in oak and in stainless steel tanks. Aa variety of yeast strains are used, each selected to enhance the character of a specific vineyard site. Post-fermentation, stirring of the lees helps to build mid-palate structure and add delicate creamy buttery notes to the wine.
In total this wine sees 9 months of cellaring. 70% of the blend is French oak fermented while the remaining 30% has been fermented and aged exclusively in stainless cooperage. French oak is selected for this wine as we find its elegant structure is best-suited to enhance the wine's fruit, palate structure, and subtlety.