On the nose, this wine offers delicate hints of Fuji apple, citrus, nutmeg, honey and lightly toasted oak. Lively and complex flavors of Asian pear, key lime, and Marcona almond follow on the palate. This wine is delicious upon release and will continue to gain intensity with an additional three to five years of aging.
Developed in Germany specifically for white grapes, our Willmes Press provided the highest quality of juice for our Chardonnay. Fermentation took place in small, 100% French oak barrels (48% new). The wine was then aged sur lie for two months to add creamy texture to the mid-palate. Total time spent in barrel was five months. Partial malolactic fermentation allowed the wine to retain its natural acidity — a hallmark of Russian River Valley fruit. This acidity contributes to the wine’s clean and distinctive finish. 100% Chardonnay; 13.5% alcohol.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesOne the one hand fresh, mildly oaky and a wee touch candied in the nose, and on the other a bit stiff and slightly green on the palate, this clean but underfilled offering gradually gives up its initial fruit to citrusy acids and is cut short at the finish by a faint chalky note.