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2012 Paris Tasting "Commemorative" Chardonnay Magnum
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, brioche, and roasted almonds that will only improve with age. Match its rich, yet crisp favors with equally rich seafood bisque, roast chicken, white truffle ravioli, or a slow-braised pork shoulder.
Vintage: We enjoyed a wonderful vintage from budbreak to harvest in 2012. A gentle spring allowed for textbook flowering and fruit set, followed by a long procession of warm, sunny days with no nasty heat spikes. Thanks to the excellent weather, the longer- than-average growing season produced perfectly balanced and ripe grapes.
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.