At this point in time, we believe this is our most successful Keefer Ranch Chardonnay todate.
After a few years of working with the grapes, perhaps we are finally beginning to get
an idea of what we can do to best coax the character and identity of the place out of the
In 2010 we picked the fruit when it seemed ripe to us, October 5, 2010, although the sugars
were not particularly high. We whole cluster pressed the fruit to tank, let it settle for 24
hours, and then racked the juice to two smaller stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was entirely
in these stainless steel vessels, after which we racked the wine to one-third stainless
steel, one-third older French oak, and one-third new barrels. We chose not to do any
malolactic fermentation on this wine, but we did stir the wine on the lees occasionally to
provide it a bit more richness. It was then bottled in early September, 2010. For those of
you who are interested in numbers, this wine is 12.9 percent alcohol with a healthy 3.37
One of the things we like best about the 2010 Novy Keefer Ranch Chardonnay is the wine's
crisp texture (due, undoubtedly, to the low pH). This crispness gives lift to the intense tangerine
and pear flavors in the wine and also seems to bring out a bit of a minerality in the
wine's mid-palate and finish. We certainly enjoy drinking this wine now, but feel that it
will really be singing come summertime.