This complex, elegant Chardonnay is marked by silky pear and lime citrus fruit flavors highlighted by well-integrated oak, with a buttery aroma offset by spice, toast and yeast and a smooth, creamy, polished finish of extended length.
All grapes are hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. Following primary fermentation, the lees are frequently stirred to encourage the onset of the malolactic fermentation. These processes enhance stability, texture and aromatic and flavor complexity in the wine and slightly reduce acidity. The wine remains on the lees in barrel for approximately 12 months. A selection is again made among the barrels to determine those showing the most expressive aroma and flavor profiles, and once blended, they are returned to a combination of new and older French oak barrels to age on the lees for an additional six months. The wine is then given a light fining and bottled without filtration.