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The Wine: For this limited-production Chardonnay we selected our best lots, relied on wild yeasts for fermentation and prevented malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the wineís lively acidity and fresh flavors. This elegant Chardonnay displays great structure and a vibrant mix of citrus blossom, honey, and roasted almonds that will only improve with age. Match its rich, yet crisp flavors with equally rich seafood risotto, pasta, roast chicken with cream sauce, or a slow-braised pork shoulder.
Vintage: The growing season started out with
unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter
and early spring, triggering early bud break. Colder
temperatures in May slowed grape development,
which coupled with the fourth year of drought,
resulted in fewer grapes in 2015. The harvest was one
of our earliest in memory with the berries smaller
than usual, but packed with flavor and color.
Vineyard: For this wine we select only the best grapes, which are primarily from our oldest block of Chardonnay, the Old Wente clone planted in 1989. Through a combination of clone, age and cool climate, this single block in our estate vineyard in the chilly Carneros region of Napa Valley creates wonderfully rich flavors, balanced with crisp acidity. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.