Racy acidity and a crisp, bright mouthfeel are the hallmarks of this “naked” Chardonnay with no oak influence.
Fruit for this crisply styled Chardonnay comes from well-established Carneros ranches in the cool southernmost growing region in Napa Valley. The vines have been grafted over to Dijon Clones 95 and 76, yielding small, intensely flavored berries. Shallow clay loam soils join with marine-influences from San Pablo and San Francisco Bays to keep temperatures moderate, allowing fruit to evolve with balanced acidity and flavors.
The 2015 growing season in the Napa Valley was of outstanding quality marked with ideal weather throughout and no issues from frost, heat spikes or rain. The continuation of California’s drought brought a dry winter followed by a dry and early spring with an early bud break. Weather was warm and consistent throughout late spring and summer which allowed for full development in the grapes. Harvest began in August, and although overall crop loads were low due to continued drought conditions the quality and depth of flavor of the fruit was excellent.
Fruit was whole-cluster pressed to stainless steel for a cool fermentation and no malolactic fermentation or oak aging.