Napa Valley Chardonnay

Vintage: 2010
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
Analysis: Alcohol: 14.4% | pH: 3.69 | TA: .62 g/100mL
Aging: Nine months in 18% new French oak.
Vineyard: The heart of this wine comes from our Su’skol vineyard in the Carneros region in southern Napa Valley. With its close proximity to San Pablo and San Francisco Bays, the marine influence of cool morning fog and afternoon breezes create an ideal climate for Chardonnay. The 175-acre vineyard is planted exclusively to Chardonnay with nine unique clones, giving our winemaker a veritable spice rack to choose from to add layers of complexity to the wine.

Tasting Notes: Subtle notes of vanilla bean and brioche complement distinctive citrus aromas such as tangerine and lemon zest. Fermenting in stainless, as well as barrels, brings focus to the bright fruit characters of white nectarine, pear and green apple. Aging in mostly neutral French Oak for nine months allows the fruit to remain on display. Less than one-fifth of the wine is aged in new French Oak to add mouthfeel. A small portion of the wine is allowed to complete malolactic fermentation resulting in a crisp, fresh taste with a solid acid backbone.