The opalescent straw hued wine exhibits an
exotic nose of stone fruit and spices accented with tropical notes of guava and papaya.
firmly structured, steely palate provides the backbone around which layers of pear and
toasted brioche wrap themselves. Hints of butter and sweet spices persist over a creamy
2011 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa
Counties. Summer was warm, and 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.
Clonal Selection: Wente, See
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013.
Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 56% new; Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage