(From 2010 Vintage) Our hand harvested grapes were whole cluster pressed using a slow “champagne” cycle that gently pushes the must rendering clean juice but few solids. Winemaker Mark Beringer placed 100% of the juice into French oak barrels (50% new) specifically coopered for Artesa Chardonnay. After primary fermentation the majority of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and then aged on its lees for eight months, with twice weekly lees stirring. The wines were tasted weekly by Beringer and his team and racked once prior to bottling. Our Estate Reserve Chardonnay is 100% grown, produced and bottled by Artesa.