So they divided their 2012 Chardonnay grapes amongst three lots. One to be placed in American oak, one in French oak and one in Hungarian oak. The wine fermented and aged for 11 months in the barrels. Meanwhile in the cellar the winemakers waited and waited.
Finally, after all that waiting, the Larrys emerged from the cellar and declared, “It is time to taste the wines!” So the winery folk gathered and tasted. One by one, each person sniffed and sipped and smiled. The wines were all different and all good. But it seemed silly to bottle small batches of Chardonnay just because the barrels were different.
“Let’s blend them together for one terrific Chardonnay,” they declared. And so they did. And it was even better than they imaged.
So now it’s your turn to be a part of the story: stop by Sharrott Winery and taste our Three Oaks Chardonnay. I’m sure you’ll find a happy ending with every sip!
Winemakers Tasting Notes: The Chardonnay aged in the different barrels had different characteristics. The wine in the French oak was round and smooth with fresh fruit flavors. The Hungarian oak wine was similar to the French but with a slightly acidic finish. The American oak was smooth, heavier in body with smoky aromas and a finish of butter cream – much like our Barrel Reserve Chardonnay. Blended all together we get a more complex flavor with light oak aromas, smoothness and fresh fruit all in one wine.