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2004 Napa Valley Chardonnay


  This wine begins its life in the rolling hillsides of Carneros. Cooled by the fog every summer day until about 11 AM, the temperature jumps 15 degrees as soon as the sun comes out. As important as the cool fog is the wind which rushes in off the ocean to replace the rising hot air in California’s Central Valley. This wind quickly chills the vines down from their daytime high temperature starting around 3 to 4 o’clock. This climate yields Chardonnay with great flavor intensity and balanced acidity. The natural drainage of the hillside assists in this vineyard producing highly flavored small berried Chardonnay.

Winemaking
Gently hand harvested, the grapes were whole cluster pressed. This lot was inoculated with a Burgundy isolated yeast strain. This wine was barrel fermented with sur lees stirring and remained on the lees for 10 months. This wine did not undergo a secondary malolactic fermentation, thereby preserving much of its crisp fruitiness. Each barrel used in this wine was hand selected by our winemaker.

Tasting Notes
This non-malolactic Chardonnay has bright fruit flavors of apple and lemon-lime with hints of honeyed melon. A wine with crisp elegance, a slight minerality, and wisps of toasted vanilla, it will age gracefully for 5 years or more.

Alcohol content, 14.8% by volume
812 cases produced