To enhance the natural richness of our Chardonnay we fermented the juice in predominately new French oak barrels. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance, while complete malolactic fermentation encouraged lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, our winemaker chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.
Reflective of its cool climate vineyards, this Napa Valley Chardonnay shows generous lemon meringue, crisp pear, tart stone fruit and honeysuckle. The wonderful lemon fruit intensity is balanced by pleasant undertones of light smoke and almond skin, and this Chardonnay remains vibrant and crisp throughout with its bright minerality and natural acidity.