2017 Encore California Chardonnay
The 2017 Growing Season
A welcome end to four years of drought brought with it a consistent and healthy bud break for the 2017 vintage in mid-March. Light rains throughout April kept away any risk of frost before the warmth of May brought the vineyards to life. Ample water from a wet winter complemented a sun-filled spring with no major heat spikes, resulting in vigorous vine growth and canopy development to protect optimal bloom and fruit set. Th e heat of summer also benefitted from the recharged aquifers, acting as a buffer to maintain healthy soil moisture levels through a series of hot days. The 2017 harvest began in August under optimal conditions providing abundant, well-balanced fruit with tremendous character.
The Winemaking Process
After night harvest, we gently whole-cluster press our Chardonnay grapes and put the free run juice in new French oak to undergo 100% oak fermentation. Here we depart from convention by performing a simultaneous primary and malolactic fermentation which helps to preserve the delicate floral aromas, producing a fresh and clean expression of Chardonnay. Post fermentation, the wine spends nine months sur-lie aging in French oak, with stirring of the yeast lees adding layers of texture.
Aromatics of green apple and pineapple accented with toasty brown sugar, Yoshiki’s 2017 blend demonstrates a unique balance of firm acidity; authentic fruit; and a wonderful texture from the oak