(From 2014 Vintage) A second consecutive year of drought was the primary concern entering the 2014 growing season. A mild winter, with very low rainfall, gave way to an early spring, resulting in bud break two to three weeks ahead of normal in most growing areas. Heavy rainfall in April saturated the soil and refilled reservoirs with water sufficient to irrigate vineyards for the growing season, but the rain was not enough to end the drought. Moderate weather conditions prevailed for the late spring and summer, providing ideal conditions for flavor development in the ripening grapes. Due to the early bud break and the ideal growing conditions, harvest started two to three weeks early and progressed smoothly. Indian summer weather patterns prevailed through the fall, allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity prior to harvest, resulting in wines of exceptionally high quality and concentration. Fruit was harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve the Chardonnay's pure fruit flavors. After settling, the must was partially barrel fermented in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wine's acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled starting This crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement a variety of foods, including fish prepared in lemon butter sauce, pasta in cream sauce, and herb-roasted chicken.
(From «nv» Vintage) This wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.
Wine SpectatorRating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/97