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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Aromas & Flavors
This wine entices with aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, spiced pear, graham cracker and toasted marshmallow followed by elegant, upfront ripe flavors of Bartlet pear, white peach, apricot, apple, caramel and brown sugar on the finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds a rich mouth-filling character.
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 92 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lee aged in French oak barrels with bi-weekly stirring for 5 months until blending in April. The blended wine is aged an additional 8 months in neutral French oak until bottling.
The winter of2018-201 9 brought above average rainfall with the bulk of rain falling from January through May. Spring temperatures were cooler than average, but the weather warmed August through September. Conditions through harvest were ideal, with a bit of a heat wave towards the end of August. September was perfect for ripening with consistently warm temperatures which allowed for longer "hang time" for the grapes. The last of the grapes for this wine were picked on September 28 th.
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