2015 Chardonnay, Mitsuko's Vineyard, Carneros


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Why You'll Love It

The cool growing region of Carneros allows us to keep the verve and complexity in our Chardonnay and delivers just the right amount of naturally bright acidity that works well when paired with the finest French oak. Aromas of fresh cantaloupe, jasmine blossom and pear are all underscored by subtle oak derived notes of brioche and crème brulee. On the palate, the character of the wine leans in the Californian direction, with cut melon, a touch of pineapple and Asian pear. This is all tied together by balanced structure and enough oak to add complexity without overwhelming the fruit.

Winemaker Notes

Picked in the early morning hours and transported to the winery before daybreak, the cold grapes were loaded into the press for a two hour gentle press. This slow release of the Chardonnay juice allowed for control of the phenolics and permitted constant tasting of the pressed juice. After settling, the clarified juice was racked into oak barrels and primary fermentation proceeded slowly in our cool cave system. When fermentation was complete, all new Chardonnay wines were inoculated with a malolactic bacteria strain, which naturally deacidified the wine without production of buttery flavors and aromas that can detract from our Estate fruit personality. As the wine slowly matured in barrel, each barrel was stirred frequently and aged sur lie for 10 months without racking.