Our 2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay is a rich golden honey color in the glass and offers seductive aromas of Fuji apple, tangerine and baked fruit crisp with a touch of floral perfume. Full, rich flavors of mandarins, Asian pear, nutmeg and vanilla spread softly across the palate with a supple, silky mouthfeel. This medium plus bodied wine presents moderate acidity and beautiful balance with an opulent finish.
The 2014 harvest was again an early harvest after another year of drought in California. A mild spring led to early bud break and warm days with cool summer nights allowed the fruit to gradually ripen while maintaining ideal acid levels and bright fruit flavors.
Wente Clone, Montrachet Clone and Clone 809 vineyard blocks provided the fruit for this wine. After whole cluster pressing, the juice underwent native yeast fermentation and lees stirring for 10
months. Extending the barrel aging time in French oak to 14 months increased the complexity and rich depth while still retaining the delicate fruit components of this elegant Chardonnay before bottling