Marcelina Chardonnay 1997

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

$28.49 $25.64
Save $2.85
Item No. 10388
  • white wine
  • WS88
  • WE88
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS88
  • 1996
  • WS88

Winemaker's Notes

Napa Valley experienced a bountiful year for Chardonnay in 1997, in that higher than average yields were experienced, yet the grapes showed great quality and character. Along with these ideal conditions, the harvest was early and the grapes for this wine were picked before the brief harvest showers that occurred in the later weeks. In order to retain this fruit quality, once at the winery, the Chardonnay grapes were gently transported directly to the press for "whole cluster pressing". This minimal handling technique of neither crushing nor destemming the grapes maximizes natural fruit flavors while minimizing bitter tannins from skin and seed contact. After this gentle pressing, the juice was settled and then fed into new Medium Toast French barrels for un-inoculated yeast fermentation. The indigenous yeast fermentation prolongs the fermentation for better barrel integration and complexity. The wine completed malolactic fermentation and spent a total of over 12 months sur lie stirred periodically in the same barrels for added richness, complexity and mouthfeel. To retain maximum varietal character and preserve the full flavors imparted by the oak treatment, the final wine was lightly fined, but not filtered before being bottles.

Learn About Marcelina

Marcelina wines are rich, concentrated wines that are uniquely Napa. These wines appeal to the consumer who wants a special wine from the Napa region and are looking for good quality at a reasonable price. Elegant, upscale wines for everyday use for the Napa enthusiast.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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