Wine

Cellar Reserve Chardonnay

Overview

The Cellar Reserve wines represent Llano Estacado Winery’s finest. From selected small batches of wine, our winemakers created this very special Chardonnay. Our goal is to produce a wine that exhibits the true expression of this variety from our premium Texas vineyards. This wine was made using traditional techniques that enhance the aromatics and mouth texture of this popular variety.

The 2017 Cellar Reserve Chardonnay is comprised of 81% Chardonnay with 19% Marsanne. To showcase it’s lush, fruity citrus aromatic components, the juice was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was aged on its lees for over 6 months in 50% new French Oak puncheons to enhance mouth texture, complexity, and aroma. This wine has partially completed secondary malo-lactic fermentation, which also contributes to the luscious texture while adding multiple levels of complex aromatics.
This release is a medium bodied white wine that is drinking wonderfully now and will improve in complexity from additional bottle aging through 2020. Aromatic features include aromas that include citrus oil, butter, & spice, to Bartlett pears. Serve with richly textured seafood dishes such as salmon, halibut, sea bass, crab legs, or lobster. For something different, try pairing it with spicy Indian cuisine, or lobster risotto.

Vineyard Map

VARIETY:

Cellar Reserve Chardonnay

APPELLATION:

Texas

VINTAGE:

2017

ALCOHOL:

13.5%

ACIDITY (%):

7.4 g/L (As Tartaric)

pH:

3.42

OAKING:

Spent over 6 months in 50% new French Oak puncheons from Demptos cooperage; aged “sur lie”.

UPC Number: 0-88596-10406-7

Cases/Pallet: 70

750 ML Bottles/Case: 12

Cases/Tie: 14

Weight LBS/Case: 37.0

Ties/Pallet: 5

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