Chardonnay Napa Valley 2020
About This Wine
On the nose: Aromas of McIntosh apples, peaches and starfruit are accented by notes of toasted coconut, nutmeg and crème brûlée.
On the palate: A soft, rich and balanced entry with elegant fruit flavors and hints of baking spice and cream lead to a long, flavorful finish.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 75% barrel fermented, 25% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 30% new, 70% 1-year-old barrels
Excellence defines the start of the 2020 growing season in Napa Valley. A dry winter and mild spring led to early budbreak. During summer, a few heat spells pushed the vines through the bloom period, and again at the completion of veraison, with perfectly moderate growing conditions in between.Warm, sunny weather through August allowed for an early harvest of white grapes.We captured the ideal maturity window for our Chardonnay blocks, resulting in wines with beautiful ripeness, bright, balanced acidity and an abundance of character.