91 Points - The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Chardonnay Barrel Selection is a selection of the best barrels, most of them new. As a result, this wine has slightly more minerality, more substantial impact on the palate, medium to full body, some notes of citrus blossom, pear and white peach, and a touch of smoke. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.” - Robert Parker
The 2015 Barrel Selection Chardonnay was crafted with grapes grown in the
Carneros appellation in southern Napa Valley. Sourced from vineyards located
in close proximity to the San Pablo Bay, where fog helps to cool the vineyard
throughout the growing season, the Chardonnay fruit exhibits crisp fruit flavors
and bright acidity.
After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in a less abundant
crop, but the quality remained exceptional. The mild, dry spring conditions
promoted an early bud-break and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit
to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than
2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to the smaller berry size
and low yields, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor.
Crisp, elegant and beautifully aromatic, the 2015 Barrel Selection Chardonnay
offers a lovely minerality, with delicate floral honeysuckle and lime zest notes on
the nose, opening the way for tastes of lemon peel, white peach, nectarine and an
almond, hazelnut finish. The oak is exceptionally well-integrated and enhances
the depth, spice complexity and elegant mouthfeel without overpowering the
wine’s notable acidity.