Tango. In perfect unison, the oak and fruit support each other without either dominating. Aromas of honey, tangerine peel, fresh oak and pineapple complement the taste of caramel-covered apple, slight hints of cool rock and a beautiful finish of vanilla. The weight of this Chardonnay matches well with full orchestra salads!
The 2017 vintage was a year of many challenges. We finally saw rain that helped replenish our reservoirs and recharge vineyard soil across Napa Valley. Early summer was warm, with several heat spikes. The wildfires in October came right as harvest was wrapping up for many in the valley, with an estimated 90% of the grapes already in. The 2017 harvest has tested every winemaker’s quick thinking, thanks to the ups and downs that Mother Nature threw their way.
Our Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed and then chilled and settled in tank for 3 days. The juice is then racked to 100% French oak barrels where fermentation begins naturally and on native yeasts. After primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation is also allowed to begin, naturally. Once ML commences, barrels are stirred and topped each week for 9 months. The wine then settles for another month before it is racked clean and prepared for bottling.