Nose

It is seductively aromatic with stone fruit and limestone.  

Palate

Supple and lush, the palate is enrobed in layers of crème brûlée, banana and yeasty brioche, all complimented by a touch of salinity.    This concentrated weave of flavors persists over a long, caressing mineral finish.  

Growing Conditions

2011 began with a rainy winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties.  Summer was cooler than average but as harvest approached temperatures rose.   Our chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance.   The wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted. 

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold  Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 67% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.

Appearance

Glistening light straw in color.