About This Wine
“MLF” may sound like a not-so-nice abbreviation, but in wine-speak, MLF is A-OK.
“MLF” is how winemakers commonly refer to the cellar procedure known as malolactic fermentation. (Some also refer to it as “malo.”) Chardonnay that undergoes the process, which typically occurs right after the main fermentation, is quite rich in texture and often projects a butter-like flavor.
Why do so many vintners opt for malolactic fermentation these days? The aforementioned richness is one factor, but another involves the aging process. When Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels but has not undergone MLF, the oak aromas and flavors can dominate the wine. When MLF is undertaken, the oak, butter and fruit impressions meld almost seamlessly.
That’s the approach embraced by the vintner for Rock Gate Winery. In creating what could be called the quintessential California Chardonnay, he allows the flavor of the Chardonnay grape to shine through while creating a rich mouthfeel that seems to beg for another sip.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:90% Chardonnay and 10% Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Apple, Pear, Tropical Fruit, Oak and Butter
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork chops with country gravy, or veal cutlets.