To capture the purity of the fruit, we harvested the grapes at the peak of ripeness, when their aromas and flavors were at optimum maturity. We utilized partial malolactic fermentation, which converted the tart malic acids to creamy lactic acids, imparting roundness to the midpalate. Sur lie aging, which further enhanced the richness of aromas and flavors, was followed by 10 months of aging in American and French oak for added texture and complexity.
Fresh tropical and pear aromas join fragrant notes of oak on the nose of our 2008 Chardonnay. The supple, rounded midpalate is laden with fresh pineapple and guava interspersed with honeysuckle and brown spice that lift the fruit. Bright citrus and green pear develop across the finish, leaving a refreshing finale. With its versatility, this wine pairs well with a wide range of dishes from chicken Marsala to grilled halibut.