Nose

Explosive nose of clove, pear and toasted pine nuts.

Palate

The wine fills the palate with a richness that also shows the fine acidity that Carneros give to us. The exotic flavors of this well-balanced Chardonnay are of apple, pear, lemon rind, jasmine tea and toasty oak that come together to deliver a wine of richness and power, yet with an amazing freshness.

Growing Conditions

A dry winter and warm spring started budbreak early — even for the cool Carneros region — with February and March seeing record warm temperatures. Flowering was uneventful, with a healthy crop of Chardonnay being set. Although May was unusually cool, the remainder of the growing season was took place early and without incident. Sugars, acids and physiological ripeness were all in excellent balance. We harvested Chardonnay in late August, the earliest on record.

Aging

9 months in French oak (20% new)

Appearance

Beautiful straw color.