Nose

Tropical fruit and nutmeg spice on the nose.

Palate

Lime zest and honeysuckle lead to notes of vanilla and fondant. The core is highlighted by a mouth watering viscosity balanced with a tightening acidity and flavors of lime zest and pineapple. Clean, crisp acidity balances rich peach-like nectar on the palate. The mouthwatering, expansive finish evolves from notes of orange zest and lemon meringue to toasted brioche and graham cracker. Hints of a fresh baked Parisian baguette complex with orange blossom, and notes of coconut husk

Growing Conditions

The 2010 growing season featured a cool, wet spring resulting in late bud break and intense heat spikes in late August and early September. However, our decision not to leaf our vines provided good protection to the developing clusters. Once the heat had passed, we opened up the canopies for better exposure to sunlight and air flow. This, coupled with warm temperatures that lasted through mid-October, helped our Chardonnay fully ripen. Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch & Atlas Peak

Bottling

It was not fined or sterile filtered; bottled on Aug. 16, 2011.

Winemaking

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.

Aging

The wine was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees and stirred weekly.

Appearance

This Chardonnay exhibits a bright yellow hue.