Nose

This chardonnay’s distinctive aromas of chamomile, mandarin, gun powder, juniper berry and Asian pear are the prelude to a broad, layered and integrated wine.

Growing Conditions

2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field  Barrel-fermented, indigenous yeasts, 7 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères

Appearance

Opalescent golden straw in hue.