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2010 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay

2010 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay

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The 2010 is feminine in its flavor profile, but has a structure to make you salivate. A wine that rewards the patient consumer.

Tasting Notes
The 2010 is feminine in its flavor profile, but has a structure to make you salivate. Since it is still in its infancy, I strongly encourage you to decant it and serve at just 10 degrees below ambient temperature. I left a partial glass uncovered and overnight on my desk and it was still going strong the next morning! This will be a wine that rewards the patient consumer.
Winemaker Notes
In 2010, we continued our experimentation with an older method of producing Chardonnay. By soaking the crushed fruit on the skins and stems for a few hours before pressing, we’re building texture and grip into the mouth-feel. By fermenting some lots on a small percentage of crushed fruit, we’re maximizing the aroma of the finished wine as well.
Other Notes
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 13, 23, 27, 30.
October 4, 8, 19, 2010
25.0 Brix
10 Months
37% New French Oak Aged sur lie
41% Malolactic
Bottling Date
August 10, 2011
Alcohol %
Production Notes
The growing season in 2010 was the coolest on our estate since its inception in 1999. Lucky for us at Kuleto Estate, we have plenty of sunshine despite the lack of heat. The majority of our vineyard blocks lie above the fog-line, so even if the Napa Valley is socked in, our vines enjoy the first sun of the day. What does a cool vintage mean for a mountain-top vineyard? It means wines that strongly express their varietal character, have tremendous natural acidity for length of mouth-feel and aging, and modest finished alcohols.
Vineyard Notes
Intense wines from the wilds of Eastern Napa. In 1992, vintner and restaurateur Pat Kuleto founded Kuleto Estate in a remote mountain setting overlooking Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill and the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. The 761-acre ranch features 90 acres of vineyards divided into over 100 micro-blocks based upon soil, exposure, elevation and topography. The wines from Kuleto Estate are always deep, intense and luscious.
982 cases 750 mL