Nose

There is a hint of flint on the nose, that becomes the musk of jasmine flowers.

Palate

The richness of fresh cream is accompanied by the flavors of a gala apple. The layered viscosity of the fruit slowly subsides to reveal watermelon pith and gardenia flowers.

Growing Conditions

Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch, Atlas Peak

Bottling

Our Chardonnay is never fined or sterile filtered; bottled on Aug. 25, 2008.

Winemaking

Our Chardonnay grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice is racked to barrels to undergo 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation.

Aging

The resulting wine is aged in 90% new French oak barrels for 11 months. The lees are stirred weekly to bring more complexity to the wine.