2017 
											Reserve Chardonnay					 Bottle

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2017
Reserve Chardonnay

Napa Valley Carneros

This smooth, rich Chardonnay is the wine for you if your palate tends toward the “buttery” and “oaky” side. This is our version of the classic-style, oak-aged, creamy California Chardonnay.

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Silver Medal, 2020 San Franciso Chronicle Wine Competition


Aromas & Flavors

This wine entices with aromas of baked apple, fig, white peach, butterscotch, hazelnut, graham cracker and marshmallow followed by elegant, upfront ripe flavors of pear, apple and nutmeg with creamy vanilla and caramel toast on the finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character.

Food Pairings

In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, shellfish and poultry dishes, Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhance this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.

How It's Made

Each individual lot for this wine is hand picked, whole-cluster pressed and then cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks before moving to French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine completes 91 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lee aged in French oak barrels, with bi-weekly stirring for seven months until blending in May. Then the blended wine is aged an additional eight months in neutral French oak until bottling.

The Vintage

The 2017 season began with record rainfall amounts during the winter, filling our reservoirs after four years of drought. Spring was mild, bringing favorable conditions during bloom, which led to a nicely set crop. We experienced more than an average number of hot days in early to mid-summer, and then record highs over Labor Day weekend. Fortunately, the vines were ready to handle the heat with adequate soil moisture supplied by all the rain.

AppellationNapa Valley Carneros

GrapeChardonnay

Cooperage26% new French oak, 74% older French oak

ReleaseFall 2019

Tasting Notes

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