2018 Chardonnay 750
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan. 2020) – 94 pts
"The 2018 Chardonnay is super-expressive and nuanced. Lemon oil, mint, lemon peel, sage, and grilled herbs add savory character to this super-expressive, highly nuanced Chardonnay that finishes with pretty tropical notes that add a bit of flair. The 2018 is a wine of tremendous class and personality - I loved it. This is a gorgeous and super-distinctive wine.”
Our Chardonnay blocks are nestled at the lowest elevation of our Estate, down by Conn Creek where they are surrounded on three sides by trees. The resulting environment encourages a crisp Chardonnay with a wide flavor profile that conveys the soil’s minerality and cool location. The 2018 growing season was marked by ideal weather. It started off warm, but July and August were mild, resulting in a long growing season with lots of hang-time allowing the grapes to progress to perfect ripeness. Our Chardonnay grapes were harvested in the first two weeks of September following wonderfully steady weather conditions.
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented in Burgundian barrels with 27% of the barrels undergoing malolactic fermentation. The wine continued to age in the same French barrels as well as our new concrete egg for a total of nine months (15% new) before bottling in June 2019.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA