Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen

Influenced by the unique climate and geography of the Carneros wine region, our Unoaked Chardonnay is light-bodied with refreshing bright citrus and passion fruit flavors. This limited release wine was crafted exclusively for our wine club members and guests of our winery in Calistoga.

Tasting Notes

Racy acidity and a crisp, bright mouthfeel are the hallmarks of this “naked” Chardonnay with no oak influence.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

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.

Winemaking Notes

Fruit was whole-cluster pressed to stainless steel for a cool fermentation and no malolactic fermentation or oak aging.