(From 2008 Vintage) This straightforward, fruit effort is bright, tart, and full of lemon and melon flavors, with a touch of spice for added interest.
As our Chardonnay vines mature they are yielding fruit with great depth of flavors. The grapes for the 1997 Chardonnay are from two different clones in the Elk Cove Estate; an early ripening clone from France and the U.C. Davis #108, the former gives lush tropical characteristics and the latter yields fresh green apple flavors. These flavors combined with the eleven months the wine spent in small French oak barrels and a complete malo-lactic fermentation has given the wine roundness, complexi...