This 2015 Altvs Chardonnay is beautifully balanced with a profile that is sophisticated and nuanced. Aromas of apple and pear are followed by integrated oak notes. This is a result of the small-berried clones of Chardonnay and the skin soaking method employed prior to fermentation.
The palate is feminine in character, with delicate and elegant notes of apple, lemon meringue and a kiss of vanilla. The contribution of the grape skins is further evident in the rich and oily mouthfeel that gives the impression of great weight despite its modest alcohol.
Founded in 2005, Altvs produces small quantities of handmade Napa Valley Chardonnay. We source fruit from a handful of serious growers with hillside and bench land vineyards up and down Napa Valley. Our style emphasizes balance, fruit purity and intensity. We in the Napa Valley have rejoiced in a string of exceptional vintages in recent years. Starting in 2012 and continuing through 2015, each has provided near ideal conditions for ripening fruit perfectly. 2015 again stands out in our memory, like the 2014, for sheer volume of aroma and flavor in every variety we grow on the estate. The wines from this vintage are packed with rich fruit flavors and varietal intensity. 100% Kuleto Estate Vineyard
We harvested the fruit for the Altvs Chardonnay from August 25 - 26, 2015.
Bottled December, 2016.
14 months in 30% new French Oak.