Chardonnay Napa Valley 2020
About This Wine
On the nose: Ripe Bartlett pears, golden delicious apples, blanched almonds, ginger, lifted French oak
On the palate: Integrated cantaloupe and green apple, caramel, nutty oak 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
2019 provided us with an unprecedented growing season. Moderate to cooler temperatures in early spring resulted in a delayed start followed by showers during bloom in May. However, continual moderate temperatures from June through August allowed vines to balance their growth. By early August, as cluster size was fully developed and overall growth more harmonious, it was clear that 2019 would be a memorable vintage. To retain freshness, concentration and protect the supple flavors in our Chardonnay grapes, we harvested some vineyards slightly earlier than usual, resulting in incredibly balanced wines.