Beringer Napa Chardonnay 750ml The 2008 growing season began with very cool temperatures in the winter and heavy rains. Rainfall decreased in the spring and temperatures throughout the summer were moderate. Warmer temperatures in August and September got harvest rolling in early September with excellent flavor development. The dryness of the season resulted in smaller yields than some previous years, and overall the quality was impressive. Grapes for the 2008 Chardonnay were harvested between September 2nd and October 6th. WINEMAKING When making the 2008 Chardonnay, Laurie kept each lot separate and used several different techniques to retain the fruits brightness while developing its innate complexities. After the grapes were sent directly to press where the juice was gently extracted, approximately 25% of the wine was aged for eight months in French oak barrels (32% new) to enhance its natural richness and roundness. The remaining juice was stainless steel fermented to highlight the crisp, bright citrus and fruit flavors that Chardonnay grapes offer in abundance. Laurie chose to put 58% of the wine through malolactic fermentation, balancing the wines lush mouthfeel with its bright fruit characteristics.