2017 Chardonnay Carneros
This Chardonnay opens with aromas reminiscent of fresh baked apple pie and poached pears.
A slightly toasted hazelnut oak influence blends gracefully and the wine finishes with great
length and freshness.
After two unusually cool, wet vintages, the 2017 growing season was a delightful return
to the weather pattern that has made Napa Valley famous – virtually stress free conditions
for the vines and the growers. The mild conditions and lack of rainfall during the season
allowed the generous crop to mature slowly and evenly. This harvest was almost 3 weeks
earlier than 2016 and grapes for this Chardonnay were picked between September 19 and
The fruit was cluster-pressed and all of the juice was fermented in French oak
barrels (8 % new). The wine remained in barrel for fourteen months allowing the oak
influence to completely integrate. Malolactic fermentation offered additional creaminess
and character. The wine was bottled January 2018.