Fossil & Fawn Chardonnay 2020
Producer: Fossil and Fawn
After a gentle pressing, we settled the juice for two days before racking into a mix of older French, Oregon, and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine fermented in barrel very slowly over nine months on its fine lees, with occasional stirring (less than 10 times total). After completing primary and secondary fermentation, the wine was racked just once more to tank for final blending before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
The barrel fermentation, although using older wood, yielded aromas of toasted coconut and brioche that wrap around the core palate of yellow plum and beeswax. The richness provided by the extended lees contact is cut through on the finish with fresh, citrusy acidity, and savory minerality.