The ripening season temperatureswere a little cooler than normal giving the grapes a long hang time foroptimum ripeness. The vintage is characterized with richness, classic varietal character and opulence. In pursuit of the best of both worlds the Chardonnay receives a combination of stainless steel and oak aging. The individual lots are 100% stainless steel fermented to preserve fresh varietal characterand they remain in stainless, in contact with their fermentation lees, for the first few months of cellaring which integrates creamy complexity into the wine. Partial malolactic fermentation is employed to round-out the palate and balance acidity. The vintage completed approximately 80% MLF, retaining just enough malic acid to contribute a lively crispness to the finish. The entire blend is French oak-aged employing specialty toasts that enhance the vanilla components of the wine.
The aroma displays honeycomb, sweet cream butter, pastry, and honeysuckle notes. Soft, medium weight palate unfurls layers of flavor of poached pear, lemon curd, yellow plum, and toasted almond. A lively
streak of acid prevails on the finish.