Our CHARDONNAY vineyards are located in southern Napa Valley and the Carneros region where the soils
are deep, well-drained loams, perfect for grape growing. Cooler temperatures at that end of the valley
provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen in harmony with the vines'
physiological development. The vines consist of several small berry Dijon and Wente clones, which ripen
at lower alcohols and produce wines with intense flavor concentration. The fruit is hand picked at night
and whole cluster pressed. In order to preserve the minerality, fresh acidity and clean fruit characteristics,
this vintage did not undergo malolactic fermentation. A portion of clones (20 per cent) have been
fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit while adding layers of taste and
complexity. The wine was aged on the lees in French oak (25 percent new) for six months, and stirred
weekly during maturation.
The luscious aroma of honeysuckle greets the nose, following through to flavors of green apple and
orange peel on the palate. The mid-palate is round with a creamy mouthfeel from aging on the lees.