Nose

The 2016 vintage of our Signature Collection Chardonnay opens with alluring honeydew melon, orange blossom and allspice aromas with notes of crème caramel.

Palate

Creamy entry on the palate, this wine displays luscious flavors of lychee and cantaloupe with hints of gingersnap. The finish is balanced with toasty oak and a bright acidity

Growing Conditions

The grapes for our Signature Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay are grown in our estate vineyards in Jameson Canyon, at the southern part of the Napa Valley, just east of Carneros. The grapes spend afternoons in temperatures warmer than the valley floor, but the mornings and evenings are spent in fog with cool, marine breezes ultimately helping to evenly ripen the grapes. This area is ideal for producing Chardonnay with bright acidity and creamy, citrus flavors.

Winemaking

After whole cluster pressing the grapes, the juice was 100% barrel fermented with a combination of native and inoculated fermentation.

Aging

The wine was aged for 10 months in barrel with 24% new French oak with no malolactic to provide true varietal complexity and a medium-plus body.