Aromas: A fruit-forward bouquet of Meyer lemon, Bartlett pear and crisp apple mingle with hints of vanilla and flinty mineral notes. Toasted almond rounds out the nose, evoking the creaminess that is to come on the palate. Flavors:/ The palate is bursting with vibrant fresh pear and citrus flavors with a mouthfilling, creamy, round palate. Bright fruit flavors and a silky texture lead to a lingering finish of apple, honeysuckle and vanilla.
Ripe, generous aromas of pear, and honey with toasty oak. Flavor: Sweet spice complemented with rich fruit characters of pears, apricots and peaches. Creamy and supple with notes of vanilla on the finish.
After an unusually dry winter, a wet April provided most of our rainfall for the growing season. April proved to be a roller coaster for the vines, offering up a mixture of very wet weather and cold nights that required frost protection, followed by summer-like temperature spikes late in the month. From there, it was smooth sailing for the spring and summer. Lots of sunny, warm days brought flowering 3-4 weeks ahead of 2011. A typically warm summer was followed by a September with cooler than average temperatures and clear skies. These conditions lead to a perfect long ripening season for cool climate Chardonnay which we began harvesting off our Larsen Estate Vineyard on September 21st. As the harvest progressed, the quality of the Chardonnay was outstanding and the last came in on October 9th.