Vintage 2014
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vineyards

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.
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