Chardonnay Napa Valley 3L 2012
About This Wine
On the nose: strong toasted Brioche with touches of crème brûlée, caramels, dried apricots lingering on jasmine, mangoes, pineapples
On the palate: soft entrance evolving on persimmon, pear with touches of white cherry, coconut, toasted marshmallow
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 40% new, 60% 1-year-old barrels
2012 proved to be a vintage of extremes. This was not because of frost, heat, or rain, but mainly due to the high yield of fruit. The growing season was ideal with no frost, a mild spring, and a very temperate, long growing season. This allowed all varietals to ripen to their optimum condition with significant concentration and complexity. The biggest challenges were to find space to ferment and to manage the tannin structure of the very thick-skinned red vintage. This means that winemakers who simply apply recipes had a challenging year as tannin levels were at twice the average level.