Drew Vineyard Chardonnay
About This Wine
On the nose: A beautiful, elegant nose with cedar, vanilla beans, wet stones, cantaloupes, pears, tangerines
On the palate: Fresh but concentrated entrance evolving to citrus candy acidity with touches of gingerbread, limoncello, white peach, pineapple, fresh dough
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
"2016 was a near-perfect growing season thanks to ideal weather conditions, giving Napa Valley another winner in a string of historic vintages. Spring budbreak came early due to dry and relatively warm soils from a drought winter. There was a slight carry-over effect of that advanced timing in producing a low flower count and lighter fruit set (fewer potential grapes and smaller clusters at maturity). However, the thinner grape population was actually beneficial as it focused the vine’s potential flavor energy on fewer bunches. Minimal heat spells and consistently cool nights across the summer months allowed the clusters to ripen slowly and evenly while protecting their vitally important natural acidity."