Our 2008 Chardonnay captures the essence of the Edna Valley, showcasing complex peach,
pear and tropical flavors that have developed slowly on the vine. A refined, terroir-driven
minerality dances through the silky midpalate, joined by caramel, clove and cinnamon. Gentle
winemaking leaves a subtle impression of creaminess and balances the bright fruit that carries
through the finish. A wine that offers a little bit of everything, this appealing Chardonnay pairs
with a variety of foods such as salmon with lentil salad, chicken tagine or pasta with spring
peas and pancetta.
We harvested whole clusters and then gently pressed the grapes and separated the free-run
from the press-fraction juice. To build structure and balance while maintaining vibrant fruit
expression, we utilized partial barrel fermentation, extensive sur lie aging and just a touch of
malolactic fermentation. We aged the wine in small oak barrels, retaining 20 percent in
stainless steel for a splash of brightness.