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2019 Avni Chardonnay

2019 Avni Chardonnay
Date Picked: September 12-28, 2019 
Finished Wine: Alcohol: 13%, pH: 3.18
Suggested Retail: $40


The aroma is complex with layers of mineral, citrus, and spice. On the palate, the wine is firm, vibrant, and racy with a long finish. Avni 2019 has nuances of lemon peel, grapefruit, and a softer edge of pear and vanilla in the background. 
Avni Chardonnay 2019 is sourced 60% from the volcanic soils of Eola-Amity Hills and region including Bunker Hill vineyard, 32% from Van Duzer Corridor, and 8% from Chehalem Mountains, predominantly with CH76 clone.

Whole cluster pressed, settled in tank for 24 hours on average, barrel fermented and then aged in a combination of 21% new, 600-liter puncheons,
16% in large wooden cask and 63% old French oak barriques, then left to age for 11 months sur lie. Fermentation was spontaneous with wild yeast. Full malolactic fermentation was completed in each vessel and then the wines were put back in tank with their lees for six months prior to bottling.
2019 Vintage
Winter was again a little dry. Spring rain accumulation helped avoid another drought year providing the vines with water to sustain growth and return to health after the severe drought of 2018. Harvest proceeded with fruit in excellent condition, though there were some rain events that had to be watched.
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