Standing Stone 2013 Chardonnay Ice Winemaking Information: We wait to pick the grapes until the leaves are off the vines. After picking the grapes, we put them in COLD storage (less than 0 Fahrenheit) and wait until they are frozen very solid. We press the grapes while they are very frozen, and the initial brix (sugar measurement) of the juice coming off the press is between 40 and 50. We use special yeast that can withstand the very cold temperatures and the high osmotic pressure of the juice, and we monitor the fermentation carefully. By keeping a clean and steady fermentation, we maximize the rich fruit flavors and opulent mouth feel and structure. Tasting Notes: This elegant dessert wine is filled with melon overtones, followed by a mouth filling structure and an ever-lasting finish. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, with small amounts of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Vidal. Although rich in sugar, the acidity provides a pleasing counterpoint, and highlights the banana and melon flavors. Enjoy this wine on its own after dinner, or pair it with our favorite, Crème Brulée, or with blue cheese, such as Danish, Roquefort or Stilton.