The grapes for the Napa Valley Chardonnay come from our estate vineyards in Jameson Canyon and select Napa Valley growers. The estate vineyards are planted on rolling hills at the southern end of Napa Valley. The growing conditions in the Jameson Canyon are very similar to Carneros, the neighboring appellation just west of the Napa River. Winds flow through Jameson Canyon, carrying in the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and providing a long, cool growing season that enhances the intensity of the Chardonnay flavors.
Using no malolactic fermentation, moderate oak influence, and sur-lie aging, our Napa Valley Chardonnay is made in a style that focuses on the inherent qualities of this varietal. To preserve the unique Chardonnay aromas and flavors of grapes grown in this region, the wine was whole cluster pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) for 7 months, with periodic lees stirring, in 60% Nevers and Allier French oak barrels (20% new French oak) and 40% in stainless steel. The blending of barrel aged and stainless-steel aged juice lends greater complexity and roundness to the final wine while stirring the lees adds creaminess to the wine’s mid-palate.
Our Reserve Selection Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with delightfully fragrant aromas of pear and guava fruit that are accentuated by aromatic notes of apple, honeysuckle and a touch of toasted oak.
This beautifully balanced wine coats the palate with flavors of melon, lemon and ripe pear before culminating in a long, enjoyable finish.
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