Nose

Notes of red cherries, earth and orange rind in the aroma.

Palate

Medium density, with intense fruit flavors and strong floral notes. A soft and delicate palate resolves into smooth velvety tannins. As this wine evolves, further floral flavors will emerge along with notes of tobacco. Properly cellared, this wine will grow and develop over the next 10 years.

Growing Conditions

Sourced from vineyards throughout the Carneros appellation, including our Estate Vineyard on the historic Stanly Ranch. The Napa Valley Vintners Association described the 2013 growing season as “early, even and excellent” with the vintage showing tremendous promise and potential. The warm, dry spring brought early bud break and ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. Temperatures were consistent throughout the summer with the exception of one heat spike in late June / early July.

Harvest

Billed as the earliest harvest in recent history, we began picking Chardonnay on September 1st, grapes came in at a furious pace throughout the month. Overall, harvest finished about two weeks earlier than normal and yields on the whole were above average.

Winemaking

this wine is a blend of our favorite Pinot Noir clones, including: Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777, and 828, along with Pommard & Swan. The Dijon clones bring good color, bright focused fruit, and concentration. The Pommard and Swan clones bring mid-palate depth and nuanced complexity, along with great texture and minerality. This wine was fermented with native yeast in open top tanks for 15-20 days. Fermentation was completed in French oak barrels and racked once to preserve the delicate and elegant essence of Pinot Noir.

Aging

30% new French oak barrels for 12 months.

Appearance

Deep ruby in color.