As our Chardonnay vines mature they are yielding fruit with great depth of flavors. The grapes for the 1997 Chardonnay are from two different clones in the Elk Cove Estate; an early ripening clone from France and the U.C. Davis #108, the former gives lush tropical characteristics and the latter yields fresh green apple flavors.
These flavors combined with the eleven months the wine spent in small French oak barrels and a complete malo-lactic fermentation has given the wine roundness, complexity, and finesse. The winemakers allow little oxidation during processing, and this gives the wine freshness and life. A delicious white wine from one of America's premium viticultural areas!
The growing season in 1997 was slightly warmer than average this Chardonnay has excellent fruit flavors that has popular appeal, yet it has excellent balance and aging potential. This wine is delicious now and has enough fruit and balanced acidity to age a number of years with cool cellaring.