Sweeping aromas of toffee, nutmeg and clove
settle on rich apple pie, baked pear and macerated
Meyer lemon in the potent, polished profile of our
Reserve Chardonnay. Citrus notes grace round
Gala apples and poached pears on the entry, and
then dive into toast and crème brûlée. Tropical
fruit expands through the finish, touched by a hint
of caramel and baking spice. With refined acidity
and a clean palate, this is a wine to enjoy with food;
try pork chops stuffed with apples and rosemary
or steamed lobsters with drawn butter.
Each year, we select the best Chardonnay from
our vineyards to produce our reserve bottling.
This year, a majority of our fruit came from Star
Vineyard in Rutherford and Rodgers Vineyard
in Yountville. These two are planted to Dijon
and Wente clones, which produce small berries
with high skin-to-juice ratios, resulting in intense
aromatics and ripe, concentrated fruit. Each block
and clone is vinified individually to bring forward
the intrinsic character of that site. Once these
distinct characters are identified, we blend the
individual components into a harmonious whole.