Nose

Characteristically bold, yet silky and refined, this deep golden chardonnay offers scents of brioche, jasmine and exotic vanilla.   

Palate

A richly layered palate bursts with juniper berry, tangerine, custard, Fuji apple, and white flowers.  The mid‐palate is reminiscent of buttery apple pie.    The bright bouquet of flavors persists over a silky, lingering creamy finish.  

Growing Conditions

2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County.  Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose.    Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance.  The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.  

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012

Winemaking

 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold  Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion  Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 13 months in small French oak barrels; 71% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.