Nose

Aromas of ripe citrus and poached pear are complemented by toffee and caramel notes.

Palate

The smooth entry opens to an elegant, delicate wine with lots of personality, weight and volume. Ripe fruit flavors are accented by complex barrel notes, leading to a lengthy, refined finish.

Growing Conditions

The fruit in this Chardonnay was grown primarily on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros, with some select lots from the renowned Hyde and Poe Vineyards blended in. The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) resulted in a smaller crop. Our vine-by-vine farming approach coupled with hand sorting in the vineyard and at the winery ensured that we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes.

Harvest

The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most vintners and growers by mid-October.

Winemaking

Despite being a fairly early pick it had already been a long growing season and the nitrogen content in the fruit was low resulting in long, slow fermentations The grapes were carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented using 100% native yeast. Long, slow fermentations helped to promote finesse and complexity in the final blend. The vineyards’ proximity to the San Pablo Bay keeps them at a cool temperature and brings cool climate characteristics to the wine, most notably a crisp freshness

Aging

The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation and spent 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels.

Appearance

This Chardonnay from the Napa side of Carneros is vibrant gold in color with bright acidity.