Nose

The 2013 Generations Chardonnay opens with striking floral and citrus aromas that seductively mingle in the glass with bright notes of pineapple and honeysuckle.

Palate

Creamy on the palate, this rich wine is round and luxurious while displaying nice acidity, great structure and well integrated oak. Enticing flavors of vanilla and spice are harmoniously accented by hints of creamy butter and dried apricot.

Growing Conditions

The grapes for the Generations Chardonnay come from our estate vineyards in Jameson Canyon and a select vineyard in the Atlas Peak appellation. The estate vineyards are planted on rolling hills at the southern end of Napa Valley. The growing conditions in the Jameson Canyon are very similar to Carneros, the neighboring appellation just west of the Napa River. Winds flow through Jameson Canyon, carrying in the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and providing a long, cool growing season that enhances the intensity of the Chardonnay flavors. The 2013 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest harvested vintages in years. A warm spring led to early bud break and created the perfect environment for flowering and fruit set. With warm days and cool nights, our team was able to maintain ideal acid levels with optimum, bright fruit flavors.

Winemaking

A mix of specialized Old Wente, Dijon, and a small amount of Musque clones, our 2013 Generations Napa Valley Chardonany was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels with 100% native yeast fermentation and achieved 100% native malolactic fermentation.

Aging

The wine was then aged for 14 months in 75% new French oak (Francois Frere, Saury and Baron) with 8 months of sur-lie aging for a creamy texture and broader mouthfeel before being bottled unfiltered.