Nose

Sweet and toasted oak accompanied by caramel and baked pear aromas.

Palate

Layered and complex with balance between texture and crisp acidity. This delicate wine has flavors of baked apple pie, ripe apricot, honey and sweet oak.

Growing Conditions

The 2018 vintage was a truly exceptional year for ripening grapes in the Carneros region. Winter started out with very little rainfall, which made growers worry that it may be another year of drought. When March arrived, however, it brought along the much-needed rainfall that helped fill the root zone, water table and some reservoirs. The vines came out of winter dormancy and began the season with ample water and abundant sunshine. With winds blowing in from the San Pablo Bay, Carneros temperatures are generally cooler and more moderate than regions further north, making it ideal for cultivating cool-loving Chardonnay grapes. The fruit for this Reserve Chardonnay is sourced from a single vineyard in the appellation, the family’s newest estate property.

Aging

10 months in French oak barrels

Food Pairing

Pair this Chardonnay with a delicious apple spinach salad, classic chicken piccata and (our favorite) lemon pound cake.