Inspired by its pioneering 19th century roots, the winery began in 1969 to explore a little-known corner straddling Sonoma and Napa's southern boundaries known as Carneros. It wasn't long until Carneros gained recognition as one of the world's premier appellations, particularly for varietals that can thrive in cool climates, and Chardonnay in particular.
The Carneros Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested from four key vineyards. The Bates and Leveroni Vineyard are located just south of Highway 116 while the Kiser and Ron Kiser Vineyards are planted off of Arnold Dr. Due to the geological diversity of our various Carneros vineyards, sites were harvested based upon optimum ripeness and flavor maturity.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed, 100% barrel fermented and completed secondary (Malolactic) fermentation. The wine was aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels (18% new French oak) for 9 months before being bottled unfiltered.
Our Carneros Chardonnay opens with brilliant aromas of white flowers and baked apple layered with notes of toasted almonds and clementines.
This is a complex wine that coats the palate while still displaying brisk acidity and a long, full finish.
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