2017 - Carneros Chardonnay

Vibrant citrusy notes from our Vineburg Vineyard combine with rich tropical fruit nuances from our Firetree Vineyard to make our Chardonnay. A long, cool fermentation in both French oak and small stainless-steel barrels along with weekly bâtonnage adds complexity and length. 

Vintage Notes Every vintage tells a story and Napa Valley’s 2017 is no exception. From abundant winter rains to cool spring weather, warm summer temperatures, and October’s wildfires, this vintage may be more memorable than most. Plentiful winter rains helped refresh our groundwater and the vines and led to a cool, mild spring. An unusual hailstorm in early June had little effect on the overall crop. Due in part to these warmer temperatures, 90% of Napa Valley’s grape tonnage was harvested before the wine country wildfires started on October 8. Although the fires were a terrible human tragedy, taking lives and destroying property, the Napa Valley wine industry, its wineries, and its vineyards were largely spared. Winemaker's Notes The wine was 100% barrel fermented, with 46% in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 32% in 75-gallon stainless steel barrels and 22% in 500L French oak barrels. All barrels were stirred once a week for six months. 16% of the blend completed malolactic fermentation.
  • Varietal 100% Chardonnay
  • Appellation Carneros
  • Vineyard 61% Vineburg Vineyard
    39% Firetree Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 3 - 10, 2017
    23.5° Brix
  • Maturation Profile 8 months of barrel age
    20% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall barrel profile: 68% French (46% in 60-gallon barrels, 22% in 500 L barrels), 32% stainless steel barrels
  • Analysis 14.5% Alcohol
    5.35 g/L TA
    3.47 pH
    0.08% Rs
    Bottled June 2018
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