John Haw, Winemaker for Jacob Williams WineryJacob Williams Winery, a prominent winery tucked into the sunny Columbia River Gorge, announced the official release of their meticulously crafted 2012 Reserve Chardonnay. With notable winemaker John Haw using creative techniques learned through over 40 years of winemaking, Jacob Williams Winery is pleased to offer this classically made Chardonnay.

Representing the reserve status of the winery’s white production, Jacob Williams 2012 Reserve Chardonnay boasts well-refined and smooth notes accompanied with intense fruit, and aged in new French oak. Selected from intensely concentrated grapes grown by McDuffee Vineyard, located just above The Dalles, Oregon, the Jacob Williams Reserve Chardonnay is a vibrant example of the area’s superb conditions for growing wine grapes.

Hand-crafted in small lots, this distinct, artisanal wine was produced in the Sur Lies method, which means it was fermented in 100% new French oak with full lees contact (lees are the fallen yeast cells that are stirred twice a month to produce a rich silky rich mouth feel). With much care and attention Haw made certain each barrel was stirred twice a month in order to evenly distribute the lees during the first six months, creating the texture and mouth feel of a true Sur Lies Chardonnay. Extending the aging to 14 months, Haw accomplished 100% malolactic fermentation, creating a brilliant and classically made Oaked Chardonnay. In all, only 230 cases were produced.

“This is one of John Haw’s favorite varietals to make, and you can tell,” said Brad Gearhart, Proprietor of Jacob Williams Winery. “Impressive from the first note, we are pleased to offer this Reserve Chardonnay for you to cellar, serve to friends, or simply savor.”

Click here to view the Press Release for the Jacob Williams 2012 Reserve Chardonnay.


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