2000
1998 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Current Releases2000 Napa Valley Chardonnay

$22 per 750ml bottle

The 2000 Chardonnay is a blend of the Keenan Estate fruit and fruit purchased from select vineyards on the floor of the Napa Valley. This blend of Napa Valley wines continues the Keenan tradition of producing a crisp classic style Chardonnay.

The 2000 growing season prompted Keenan's Chardonnay to ripen slowly and evenly, and we were able to harvest the fruit at optimum sugar and flavor levels. After pressing, the juice was chilled and allowed to settle before being placed in French oak barrels. Yeast was added to the juice and a barrel fermentation lasting fourteen days followed. No secondary, or malolactic, fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The Chardonnay was barrel aged in approximately fifty percent new oak barrels, and was left on its lees and stirred weekly. The wine was aged for nine months before it was bottled.

The finished wine shows citrus and ripe pear in the nose, yet tropical hints of pineapple are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added complexity to the pear and crisp apple flavors, and plenty of oak character returns on the finish. Like all of Keenan's wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of food fare.

WINE DATA

AWARDS & RATINGS


2002 San Francisco Chronicle Northern California Wine Competition
Bronze Medal

2002 Hilton Head Wine Competition
Silver Medal

Alcohol

13.5%

Total Acidity

0.67 grams/100mL

pH

3.32

Residual Sugar

Dry

Bottling Date

May 16, 2001

Production

1,920 cases

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