The Chardonnay vineyards for this blend span the entire cool climate Carneros appellation, where
temperatures are moderated by persistent morning fog, cool afternoon breezes and the adjoining
San Pablo Bay. During growing season the sun burns off fog by late morning and the temperatures
rise quickly. At the same time, hot air rising above the Central Valley is replaced by cool air funneling
through the Petaluma Wind Gap off the Pacific Ocean. The combination of sunshine and cool
temperatures results in gradual maturation of the grapes, allowing them to develop great natural acidity
and deep fruit flavor.
A brilliant straw yellow, this Chardonnay opens with heady aromas of lime, apple, apricot and
pineapple, spiked with appealing hints of honeysuckle, oregano and tarragon. Its lively entry – from the wine's natural acidity -- is accompanied by layers of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. An underlying mineral component, along with the subtle influence of French oak, adds intrigue. This is a classic Carneros Chardonnay, finishing crisply and beckoning for another taste.