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2019 Dream Deferred

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2019 Dream Deferred
2019 Dream Deferred
Winemaker Notes: Winemaker Notes - 100% Chardonnay from Frenchman Hills Vineyard, Columbia Valley AVA.
The 2019 Dream Deferred Chardonnay shows great aromatic complexity and impressive palate concentration. Complex bouquet with well delineated notes of pear, nectarine, hazelnut, lemon curd, allspice, honeycomb, and brioche. The palate is rich and decadent with great flavor density: pear, nectarine, tangerine peel, honey, vanilla, hazelnuts, minerality, and brioche. Slight phenolic touches from skin contact come through on the very long finish which echoes notes of minerality, allspice, and honeycomb. A rich, complex, decadent style with sufficient nervy acidity that will ensure improvement 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 puncheons (Troncais), 30% stainless steel. The wine was aged on the lees for 19 months with biweekly 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. The alcohol is 14.4%, pH is 3.63, and the titratable acidity is 5.9 g/L. 
Cases Produced: 129
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardFrenchman Hills Vineyard
Harvest Date10/08/2019
Acid5.9 g/L TA
Aging5-7 years
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced129


94 Points

October 2021


The gorgeous 2019 Dream Deferred is a fantastic Chardonnay bottling entirely sourced from the Frenchman Hills vineyard. Showing considerably better at a warmer temperature, it delivers bright pear and vanilla crème brûlée flavors, plus shades of honeydew melon, ripe pineapple and stony minerals on the palate. This may just be the best version of this wine that I've tasted over the past decade.

Owen Bargreen, Vinous


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