All grapes go through whole cluster press. Then, the cuvee is barreled down for 100% barrel fermentation. 2/3 are fermented with commercial yeast and the rest is fermented naturally with wild yeast. This Chardonnay went through secondary fermentation and is aged on lees in 100% French oak (25% new) for 10 months.
Followed by a very challenging vintage of 2020, we were so relieved to have a healthy vintage of 2021. And 2021 turned out to be a spectacular vintage. The bud break started a bit late but benign, dry weather throughout the growing season enabled grapes to develop intense flavor. There was no heat spell after the veraison and this dry condition gave us an opportunity to pick grapes at ultimate maturity levels. This vintage brings balance and complexity to the wine.
This Chardonnay has intense aromas of apricot, lime, golden apple, honeysuckle as well as nuances of cardamom, tarragon, and basil. Focused citrus flavor quickly develops on the palate. Lively, natural acidity is balanced well with elegant mouthfeel. Hints of honey caramel, and bay leaf add complexity and melt into a long finish.
Vibrant and refined.