Stone Lion Chardonnay 2017
We welcome the Stone Lion Chardonnay to the Tolosa repertoire. 2017 was the perfect vintage to introduce this wine. The temperatures rapidly increased in the beginning of September, which gave us the opportunity to pick the majority of the Chardonnay grapes in early September, but the Chardonnay that hung on the vine longer developed a riper fruit profile. We selected these lots of grapes to support the Stone Lion Chardonnay in order to produce a lusher style of wine. During the initial maceration, we incorporated some skin contact to build more weight and depth on the palate. The Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged for 9 months in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged, while the Chardonnay received a particular bâtonnage regime to build up the mid-palate.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
The Stone Lion Chardonnay is comprised of two blocks located in the Poletti section of Tolosa’s estate vineyard, Edna Ranch. This vineyard site offers a diversity of soils with an ancient seabed with limestone, sandy clay soils. The Tempesqué Chardonnay clone thrives in block 569, while block 598 contributes Dijon clone 76 to the Chardonnay composition. The Poletti section is slightly warmer than the winery, but receives a moderating influence from the coastal sea breeze and fog.
Color: Yellow with mercury highlights
On the Nose: Lemon cheesecake, graham cracker crust with fruit notes of yellow peach, lychee and melon
On the Palate: Leading fruit characteristics of Granny Smith apple and apricot, with vanilla blossom and brioche toast on the finish while showcasing a nice fatness with a balanced acidity
Fermentation: Fermented in French oak barrels
Aging: 9 months in French oak barrels, with 20% of them being new