Nose

Characteristically bold, yet silky and refined, this opalescent chardonnay offers scents of custard and lemon meringue pie. 

Palate

A viscous palate bursts with layers of white flowers, tangerine and honey.    The expressive assembly of flavors persists over a lingering creamy, vanillin‐kissed 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; 4 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

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