Youthful greenish straw in color, this chardonnay exhibits ripe fruit aromas of banana, apple, pear, coupled with tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla, fresh coconut, and the nuance of angel food cake with a slight butterscotch. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing minerality. The flavors on the palate are predominantly citrus, lemon-lime and peach.
||9/30 - 10/15
||25% new wood Age in barrels: 4.5 months collectively
Wood Ranch - Rutherford (32.1%)
Ahmann Vineyard - Carneros (17.6%)
Stanley Ranch - Carneros (14.6%)
Rancho Sarco (12.4%)
Suscol Creek (10.9%)
Keyes Vineyard - Howell Mountain (9.4%)
Barrels: French Oak
Cooperage: predominantly World Cooperage/ Damy
41 % is barrel fermented
59% was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks
No Malo-lactic fermentation to preserve the bright fruit of chardonnay.