The first time a guest came in disappointed that we had sold out of our Napa Chardonnay because “that was what we were famous for” we were a little startled. We knew we made a great Chardonnay, but we didn’t think too many other people knew it – our production was so small! Now the secret seems to be out, and our 2002 Chardonnay is a further reflection of the impeccable balance our Chardonnay has come to be known for. Enjoy it now, or appreciate it over the next five years.

Bob Foley’s Winemaker Notes:

“A bit on the cool side, the growing season of 2002 allowed the fruit to mature slowly and develop fully ripe flavors while retaining a nice acidity. The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and after pressing, the juice was transferred directly to oak barrels for fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, the wine aged on the yeast lees in 75% new Virginia oak barrels for a full eight-month aging cycle. No fining or filtration took place. Granny Smith apples, toasty oak and a hint of butterscotch provide a beautifully balanced aroma and flavor profile in this classically rich and expansive Chardonnay.”

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2002
Harvest: October 2002
Fermentation: Select Virginia Oak
Cooperage: Select Virginia Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling: June 2003
Production: 1484 cases
Release Date: August 2003