Nose

Richness and density of aromas, with a nice blend of spiciness, toastiness, and fresh fruit notes of golden apple, apricot, and white plums

Palate

The mouthfeel is juicy, round and creamy, with a balance of mineral notes, spices and fresh fruit tones of apricot and Fuji apple. The mid-palate has good weight and a bright acid balance with notes of fresh bread dough, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon leading to a rich and complex finish.

Growing Conditions

This inaugural release of our Grower Series highlights the long term partnership with one of our main vineyard partners, Peter Nissen, who farms the 110 acres of our Estate Vineyard at Devaux Ranch. 2013 was a very good grape growing season in the Napa Valley that led to a classic and beautiful vintage. This wine is a blend of three Napa Carneros Chardonnay vineyards farmed by Peter Nissen. All reached full maturity with great complexity of flavors and aromas, while retaining great acidity and balance which are beautifully showcased in this wine.

Harvest

The grapes are hand-harvested in the cool morning hours to ensure they arrive at the winery in pristine condition.

Winemaking

The individual vineyard lots are fermented separately at cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and fruit intensity.

Aging

This wine has been aged on secondary fermentation yeasts for 32 months, adding depth and complexity to the finish.

Food Pairing

This wine will pair nicely alongside a plate of springtime vegetables with an herbed crème fraiche, or with a seafood salad.