The grapes for the Napa Valley Chardonnay were handpicked and gently whole cluster pressed. In order to preserve the fresh floral aromatics, 25% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel and remained in tank until the final blend was assembled. The winemaking hand remains light with 25% of the wine fermented and aged in new French oak barrels and the remaining 50% in seasoned French oak. This specific barrel treatment helps preserve the essential purity of the fruit while adding subtle notes of oak complexity. The 2014 vintage, as usual, did not undergo malolactic fermentation to further maintain the fruit’s natural acidity and aromatic freshness. The wine was bottled after just six months of maturation with a weekly batonnage, putting the yeast lees in suspension in order to release subtle aromatics, increase the mouth feel and prevent reduction.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay