Nose

Characteristically bold, yet refined in texture and seamlessly integrated, this opalescent, pale straw chardonnay is seductively aromatic with white flowers, stone fruit and lime rind. 

Palate

A tautly structured palate is creamy and layered with flavors of Fuji apple, yeasty brioche, meringue and ginger.    This intense weave of flavors persists over a crisp, lingering finish accented with wet stone and citrus

Growing Conditions

2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions.  The well‐set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop.    The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011

Winemaking

 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold  Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 6 months to completion  Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 13 months in François Frères and Remond French oak barrels; 67% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.