Chardonnay Reserve 2017
About This Wine
On the nose: Red velvet cake, mineral flint, granny smith apple pie, rose petals, poppies, Campari, resting crêpe batter, orange-flavored cotton candy, Marseille soap
On the palate: Dense entrance, gradual evolution on acidity lingering on a long, juicy finish, fruit salad, coconut, bay leaf, cantaloupe, pear compote, fresh mango, peach syrup, white mocha, raspberry bud
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 16 months in French oak, 30% new, 70% 1-year-old barrels
In 2017, the vines encountered early heat prior to the berries going through veraison. We usually see natural acidity maintained in white grapes as ripening often happens before the hottest days occur late in season. Aided by naturally thicker skins and the implementation of shade cloth in the vineyard, the early heat events basically left us unaffected. Patience was required as vines tend to slow down at higher temperatures extending the berries’ phenolic ripening.
The pinnacle of our Chardonnay program, our rare Reserve bottling undergoes the same meticulous and painstaking selection process that produces our ERA. Each vintage, our winemaking team goes through all individual lots in the cellar multiple times, carefully evaluating every single barrel to cultivate the finest Chardonnay Reserve cuvée. Guided by credence and expression of the vintage, only the most extraordinary barrels make the rigorous cut.
“Style-wise a close iteration of the previous vintage, our winemaking team was again inspired by the structure found in the great whites of Burgundy while using the riper and denser expressions that only cooler climate vineyards from Napa can provide.”