Tantalizing and sophisticated, the 2011 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay offers rich aromas of toasted graham cracker, caramelized peach and lychee, and hints of tarragon and lavender.
Notes of lemon zest, a touch of fresh cream and alluring acidity present a luscious composition. Beautifully balanced, with a cleansing finish, this wine will age elegantly for years.
Abundant winter rainfall, a cool spring, late bud break, surprise hail in June, and a touch of mid-harvest precipitation made for a challenging 2011 growing season. Rocky soils and sloping terrains kept our ridgetop vineyards well-drained so while yields were low, fruit was exceptionally balanced and concentrated. Intensive berry-by-berry sorting further ensured optimal quality. Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch, Atlas Peak, Stagecoach Sold out.
It was not fined or sterile filtered; bottled on Aug. 21, 2012
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation.
The wine was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees and stirred weekly.