The warmer growing conditions of the lower vineyard fills the mid-palate with guava and nectarine, while the cooler mid-mountain vineyard contributes a restrained mineralogy; finally, the fog-soaked Beckstoffer Vineyard fruit in Carneros brings a refreshing long finish. The use of subtle French oak-barrel fermentation binds these elements into a lovely harmonized expression.
For this wine, diversity yielded great complexity. The fruit for this Chardonnay came from three distinct vineyards.
Bottled May 2012.
100% barrel fermented.
Aged surlies for 8 months in 65% new French oak.
This vintage pairs exceptionally well with salt-crusted sea bass or prosciutto-wrapped melon.