Aromatics of lemon curd and honey crisp apple are lifted by linden flower, a subtle flintiness and zesty ginger spice. In the mouth, white peach, fresh chervil, brioche and minerally nuances transition to bright lemon-orange citrus, which adds refreshing zeal to the textured and sumptuous finish. A striking chardonnay of classic cut and balance.
Our 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay reflects the balance of this lovely vintage perfectly. Harvested in multiple passes from September 12th through September 28th, the grapes used to produce this wine maintained a lively acidity despite the warm and sunny vintage conditions. Each lot of grapes was harvested by hand in the early hours of the morning, beginning at midnight and concluding before dawn, so that cold grapes could be whole-cluster pressed first thing in the morning (which minimizes extraction of any harsh skin phenolics into the wine). The wines were barrel fermented in 10% new French oak, with weekly stirring of the lees, before being blended and bottled in July 2020. This wine is delicious now but was also conscientiously crafted with no exposure to oxygen in order to assure that it can also age beautifully.
|Fermentation:||10% New French
Oak 90% Neutral Oak
|Cooperage:||10% New French
Oak 90% Neutral Oak
|Release Date:||October 2020|
Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2018s - Rating: 92
Starting with the two Chardonnays, the 2019 Chardonnay offers a clean, pure nose of white peach and stone fruits as well as hints of honeysuckle, green almond, and citrus. It's medium-bodied and has notable purity of fruit, a racy yet integrated spine of acidity, and a great finish.
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: November 5th, 2020 - Rating: 90
The 2019 Chardonnay slowly opens to offer scents of fresh Golden Delicious apples, white peaches and honeydew melon with hints of lemon drops, sea spray and powdered ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly styled and refreshing with a lovely suggestion of creaminess to the texture and a spicy kick to the finish.