WINEMAKER: Janet Myers APPELLATION: Napa Valley BRIX AT HARVEST: 23°–24° VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay FERMENTATION: Barrel fermented AGING: Seven months sur lie in small French and American oak barrels, 20% new oak pH: 3.29 TA: 6.7g/L ALCOHOL: 13.5% RELEASE DATE: July, 2013
Appearance: Pale yellow Aromas: A fruit-forward bouquet of Meyer lemon, Bartlett pear and crisp apple mingle with hints of vanilla and flinty mineral notes. Toasted almond rounds out the nose, evoking the creaminess that is to come on the palate. Flavors: The palate is bursting with vibrant fresh pear and citrus flavors with a mouthfilling, creamy, round palate. Bright fruit flavors and a silky texture lead to a lingering finish of apple, honeysuckle and vanilla.
Inviting aromas of citrus, Golden Delicious apple, vanilla, and subtle spice from the toasted oak draw you in. Delicate mineral and lemon-lime are hidden behind star jasmine and honeysuckle notes..
—Janet Myers, Winemaker
After an unusually dry winter, a wet April provided most
of our rainfall for the growing season. April proved to be a roller coaster for the vines, offering up a mixture of very wet weather and cold nights that required frost protection, followed by summer-like temperature spikes late in the month. From there, it was smooth sailing for the spring and summer. Lots of sunny, warm days brought flowering 3-4 weeks ahead of 2011. A typically warm summer was followed by a September with cooler than average temperatures and clear skies. These conditions lead to a perfect long ripening season for cool climate Chardonnay which we began harvesting off our Larsen Estate Vineyard on September 21st. As the harvest progressed, the quality of the Chardonnay was outstanding and the last came in on October 9th.
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