Nose

Our fourth vintage from Ulises Valdez vineyard is masculine in structure and bursting with aromas of Fuji apple and crème brûlée.

Palate

This chardonnay is forthright, vibrant and full‐bodied, opening with well‐ articulated flavors of ripe pear and stone fruit and accented by hints of guava and yeasty bread.  Fruit and custard notes are enhanced over a long finish by lively acidity and subtle, well‐integrated oak.

Growing Conditions

The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter.  Bud break came early and set a crop of tight clusters of small berries.  Summer brought warm, even temperatures through veraison.  Several heat spikes in August suggested that crush might begin early but temperatures cooled in early September, allowing ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels.  The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.  

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2009.

Winemaking

ƒ Whole cluster, direct to press, cold ƒ Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion ƒ Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 16 months in French oak barrels; 64% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.