2018 - Estate Grown 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. 

Pair the Estate Chardonnay with this Pizza Mac & Cheese recipe

Estate Grown Chardonnay

Vintage Notes February saw abundant rains, with filtered light in spring and early summer. Bud break occurred late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating a plentiful, even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun and cooler marine influences, uninterrupted by major heat spikes. Extended fall sunshine and moderate heat allowed fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Winemaker's Notes The wine was 88% barrel fermented, with 53% in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 24% in 75-gallon stainless steel barrels and 23% in 500L French oak barrels. All barrels were stirred once a week for five months. 45% of the blend completed malolactic fermentation. Tasting Notes Aromas and flavors of golden delicious apple, lemon curd and stone. Vibrant acidity is balanced by a soft, round texture and a lemon meringue pie finish. Reviews Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle 2020 Wine Competition
93 points from The Tasting Panel, Meridith May, April 2020 issue
  • Varietal 100% Chardonnay
  • Appellation Carneros
  • Vineyard 81% Vineburg Vineyard
    19% Firetree Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 21 - 28, 2018
    23.6° Brix
  • Maturation Profile 7 months of barrel age
    22% new oak
    New oak profile: 87% French, 13% Hungarian
    Overall barrel profile: 75% French (53% in 60-gallon barrels, 23% in 500 L barrels), 24% stainless steel barrels
  • Analysis 14.8% Alcohol
    5.20 g/L TA
    3.54 pH
    0.15% Rs
    Bottled August 2019