Chardonnay Reserve 1.5L 2013
About This Wine
On the nose: Mineral nose with hints of slate, granite, limestone evolving on honeysuckle, sun dried tomatoes, almonds, pineapple
On the palate: Fresh but layered entrance evolving on acidity, minerality with apple, grapefruit, blood orange
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented in French Oak
Aging: 18 months in 40% new French oak, 60% 1-2 year old barrels
Overall 2013 was a typical Napa vintage. We had limited rain and a quite a bit of heat. This forced us to be creative in protecting the fruit from heat and sun exposure through canopy management and irrigation.
The white wines in 2013 are very expressive due to the great ripeness of the vintage. 2013 was about managing the heat and protecting the acidity of the grapes to balance the wine’s great ripeness and powerful fruit profile.