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2018 Dream Deferred

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2018 Dream Deferred
2018 Dream Deferred
Winemaker Notes: 100% Chardonnay from Frenchman Hills Vineyard, Wahluke Slope. 
Like the 2017 Dream Deferred, the 2018 Dream Deferred is absolutely gorgeous. The wine shows beautiful balance of moderately ripe fruit, vibrant acidity, and rich lees texture. Aromas of pear, tangerine peel, allspice, vanilla, brioche, and hazelnuts. The palate has well delineated notes of pear, apple, lemon curd, tangerine peel, honeycomb, and brioche. High intensity of fruit in the mid-palate. Minerality and spice notes linger on the long finish. This is a very complex, rich, concentrated style that drinks well now but will improve in the cellar over the next 5-7 years.
Technical Details: The clusters were pressed and the juice settled for 12 hours. The wine was barrel fermented: 70% once used French oak puncheon, 30% stainless steel. The wine was aged on the lees for 19 months with weekly batonnage. One third of the wine went through secondary fermentation. The wine was not racked until bottling and no fining agents were employed. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees. 
Cases Produced: 212
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationWahluke Slope
VineyardFrenchman Hills Vineyard
Harvest Date10/08/2019
Acid5.9 g/L TA
Aging5-7 years
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced212


93 Points



The 2018 ‘Dream Deferred’ Chardonnay was sourced from the Frenchman Hills Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope AVA. Mango and ripe pineapple combine with shades of nectarine rind, cloves and vanilla cream on the nose. The palate shows terrific verve, with great depth and concentration. Layers of vanilla cream and banana mingle with baking spice infused Challah bread and nutty as well as damp earth undertones and a faint dusting of salinity. A complete wine, this is sinfully good in its youth and will provide drinking enjoyment for another decade. Drink 2020-2030.

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report


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