ESTATE CHACE HILL RED 2018
Summary: Our estate Chace Hill vineyard lies a stone’s throw from the shores of Wachusett Reservoir in central Massachusetts. Two acres of cold-hardy grape varietals, Marquette and Arandell, flourish in the summer sun and reach maturity between Labor Day and Columbus Day. The Marquette grape has similar Midwest roots as our winemaker, having been developed to survive harsh Minnesota winters. It thrives in the relative warmth of Massachusetts and produces wines similar to a hearty Pinot Noir. Conversely, the Arandell grape is an East Coast alum of Cornell University and is known for it’s fungal disease resistance while producing flavors akin to Malbec. We are thrilled to grow and blend these two unique grapes to showcase the potential of our estate vineyard terroir.
A dry bold red wine loaded with earthy black cherry, plum, blackberry, blueberry, and black pepper aromas.
Aging Potential: Delicious in 2023-2024, and will continue to age gracefully over the next 3-7 years
Vineyard: Chace Hill Vineyard, Lancaster, MA
Varietal Composition: 96% Marquette / 4% Arandell
Aging Protocol: 3 months in stainless steel followed by 4 years in 6-year old French oak barrels. Bottled aged for an additional 5 months.
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Residual sugar: <50 mg/L
Production Volume: 771 bottles
Vintage and Production Notes
2018 was a struggle year for grapes in Massachusetts. Regular summer rains persisted through August, leaving the grapes at high-risk for fungal diseases. Harvest in mid-September required significant hand sorting to select high quality fruit for fermentation. Following fermentation with Maurvin B yeast over 7 days, the must was pressed and aged in stainless steel for 3 months during malolactic fermentation before the wine was transferred to well used French Oak barrels and aged for 4 years.
Prior Vintage Information