This bold and rich chardonnay has a nose that screams honeysuckle with acacia flower; mingling with white peach, melon, caramel, vanilla and almond fragrances.
The palate starts soft with an extraordinary texture of lemon meringue pie and toasted oak. This wine has a great finish that lasts for nearly a full minute.
The growing season of 2014 was the third in a string of stunning vintages in Napa Valley. Dry, mild temperatures brought on early budbreak and harvest, while the persistent drought helped produce small berries with concentrated flavors and elegant tannins. The overall length of the growing season was normal, allowing for full ripening and fresh, balanced acidity. This year will be noted in local history for the earthquake that rocked Napa just days before harvest. Fortunately, our winery and vineyard were safe, but the greater community was deeply impacted, and the event defined the entire season. Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Estate, Atlas Peak Elevation: 1,500 ft
We harvested grapes for this wine in the cool of the night from a late-ripening, low-yielding vineyard block.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered on April 4, 2016.
At the winery, we hand-sorted and gently pressed the berries as whole clusters, then racked the free-run juice into new French oak barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation with wild yeast.
Twenty months of aging in 100% VYG new French oak fully integrated the characters of this massive Chardonnay.