our 2013 Dijon Clones Chardonnay bursts with alluring aromas of grapefruit, lemon thyme and honeysuckle, interlaced with subtle notes of lemon bar, buttery biscuit, brioche and cinnamon.
The wine presents a juicy mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, opening with bright flavors of lemon juice, sweet lemon candy and white flowers, leading into hints of nectarine, honeyed pear and vanilla pudding that linger through the lengthy finish.
2013 was an ideal seaon in Napa Valley, with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit.
Our Chardonnay was hand-harvested at night at an optimal level of ripeness in mid-September, then quickly sorted and pressed in full cluster.
The wine was fermented in 35% new French oak barrels, aged for seven months sur lie and stirred occasionally to promote complexity. In order to preserve bright acidity and citrus notes, malolactic fermentation was not allowed to occur.
Light gold in color.
This bright, supple Chardonnay would pair excellently with a variety of seafood dishes, such as grilled spicy calamari with lemon chickpea salad or tuna stuffed cherry peppers with caper aioli. This versatile wine would also partner well alongside poultry or vegetarian dishes and would beautifully complete a cheese course when matched with Appalachian, a nutty cow’s milk cheese.