On the nose, bright lemon zest, grapefruit peel, and Mexican lime mix with spice notes of cinnamon and vanilla. The first impression on the palate is zesty citrus. The mid-palate hosts tart green apple, peach, and grilled pineapple. The finish shows notes of pastry cream, chamomile, dried apricot, and golden raisins. This complex Chardonnay also displays hits of a wet stone minerality.
The wine is full-bodied but retains a bright acidity. Primary fruit aromas sing the melody with notes from a secondary fermentation and aging that provide the supporting harmonies. A portion of the wine was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation, lengthening the finish, and contributing secondary aromas of cream and meringue. The judicious use of new French oak gives an elegant weight and texture, as weekly as tertiary notes of a mix of baking spices.
Our Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in south Napa. It is ideally located where cool climate, morning fog, and well-drained alluvial soils contribute to the high quality of this fruit.