This graceful Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh-cut Honey Crisp apple, citrus, toasted vanilla bean and hints of poached Comice pear and lilac. The wine has a full entry with fl avors of ripe apple and delicate oaknotes. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. The long fi nish is reminiscent of Nilla wafers with banana cream pudding.
We source the fruit for this wine in the cooler climate regions of the Napa Valley, with over 40% of the blend coming from our estate vineyards. ARCADIA VINEYARD, at the foot of Mt. George, provides a framework of invigorating acidity as well as beautiful floral notes. B.R.V., our vineyard in the Oak Knoll District, contributes sweet, juicy apple and pear characters. We complement the fruit from these vineyards with grapes from select vineyards in Carneros that enhance the blend with citrus notes and a minerality that region is known for. In the cellar, oak and malolactic fermentation are used with a light touch. It’s a terroir–driven approach that is built on the belief that winemaking techniques should contribute accent notes and not make the dominant statement.