2009 Stonehedge Late Harvest Chardonnay Mendocino County 375 mL
Manufacturer: Stonehedge Winery
The grapes for the 2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay come exclusively from the Manchester Ridge vineyard of Mendocino County. This luscious, deeply hued golden elixir opens with captivating aromas of ripe apricot, jasmine blossoms, golden apple and sultanas. Full-bodied with balanced acidity, flavors of pear, peach and creamed honey with a dollop of vanilla lengthen into a long, smooth finish. Careful tending of the vineyard provided optimal growing conditions for the Chardonnay grape. However, the rare conditions of 2009 allowed botrytis cinerea or "Noble Rot" to take hold on the grape skins, and you can reap the rewards! To balance sweetness with natural acidity, grape lots were selected in the vineyard and then hand sorted at the winery. The grapes underwent a very slow fermentation over six weeks at low temperature. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine was moved into oak barrels for 12 months, and then placed in stainless steel tanks until bottling without filtration in late 2012."
NV Hinzerling Winery "Three Muses" Ruby Port 750 mL
Manufacturer: Hinzerling Winery
Hinzerling Winery is the Yakima Valley of Washington State's oldest family-owned and operated winery. Established in 1976 by the Wallace family, the winery specializes in small lots of high quality, hand-crafted, table and dessert wines from both red and white grapes. Located in the center of Prosser, WA on the corner of Wine Country Road and Sheridan Avenue, the winery welcomes visitors into its working cellar for tastings where a family member is often on hand to pour samples and answer questions. The Vintner's Inn is our B &B Restaurant and Wine Bar right next to the winery.
The fruit was transferred to Richmond Cold Storage, and was frozen until March when we brought it back to the winery. The frozen clusters were transferred to the press and gently pressed over the next 36 hours, extracting only the sweetest of juice. The juice was settled overnight in tank and transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation, initiated by the addition of yeast RHST. During the course of fermentation, which lasted for 28 days, the juice was stirred twice daily. Once primary fermentation was completed, the wine received a Sulfur addition to prevent the onset of secondary fermentation. Prior to bottling the wine was protein stabilized by adding bentonite, cold stabilized and sterile filtered.