Chardonnay its lusciously ripe fruit expression of white peach, ripe pear, Golden Delicious apple, mango and papaya. On the silky palate, nuances of citrus blossoms and minerals meld with vanilla-spice notes from oak aging. We used barrel fermentation, partial malolactic fermentation and aging the wine on the yeast to enhance its opulent, mouth-coating texture, while naturally crisp acidity balances the wine with vibrancy. Chill and pour it just to sip with friends or to pair with favorite entrées.
To achieve the balance of fresh fruit expression, texture and complexity, Tom barrel fermented 75 percent of the Chardonnay juice and cold fermented 25 percent in tanks. Partial malolactic fermentation rounded the acidity and added hints of crème brûlée to the lingering finish. The wine was stirred (bâtonnage) during six months of sur lie aging to integrate flavors and enhance silkiness.