The 2015 vintage is the fourth in a series of warm dry years that have produced excellent wines in California and our 2015 Chardonnay is a textbook example. Grapes from three different vineyard blocks were picked on August 21st, 22nd and 27th, the earliest harvest dates of the last ten years, fermented separately in French oak (25% new) and allowed a partial malolactic fermentation of about 30%. Lees stirring was done for eight weeks following fermentation, and aging on the lees was done for an additional six months, for a total of nine months in barrel. The wines were then racked off their lees and allowed to marry in tank for one month prior to bottling. The finished wine has complex aromas of acacia flower, ripe pear, orange blossom, verbena, ginger and white pepper. On the palate, the fruit and mineral flavors mingle nicely with the enticing acidic verve to provide a refreshing wine experience.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2015
Harvest: August 2015
Fermentation: 25% New French
Oak 75% Neutral Oak
Cooperage: 25% New French
Oak 75% Neutral Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: June 2016
Production: 1362 cases
Release Date: November 2016
Price: 42.00

Reviews

  • Wine Enthusiast: September 2017
    Rating: 90

    Oaky and spicy, this wine traffics in lemon, lime and tart green apple, a medium-bodied effort of balanced richness and concentration that should do well at the table.

  • The Wine Advocate: Issue 233, October 31st, 2017
    Rating: 91

    The 2015 Chardonnay gives a riper expression of pineapple, warm apricots and ginger with suggestions of cedar, cashews and brioche. Medium to full-bodied, rich, toasty and wonderfully spicy in the mouth, it offers a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a good, long finish.