Lava Cap Reserve Chardonnay 2018, El Dorado, California

The folks at Lava Cap are dedicated to crafting a Chardonnay that articulates the depth and character of this legendary wine grape. They strive to produce a lush and compelling Chardonnay with an authentic sense of the El Dorado terroir. The 2017 vintage continues to consistently elevate Lava Cap’s Chardonnay. Zesty lemon and apple blossom aroma lead into pleasant apple and pear flavors. Vanilla notes complement a lightly toasted pie crust finish. The vineyards are planted at varying elevations and aspects to capture an array of flavors and complexities. The wine ferments in 100% French oak barrels. During fermentation the wine is stirred on the lees in a labor intensive practice referred to as Battonage, resulting in the slight biscuity finish. The 2017 Chardonnay fruit flavors are bolstered by pleasant acidity and a touch of oak on the finish. The name ‘Lava Cap’ reflects the unique topography of the site.