A rich and vibrant Chardonnay that presents notes of ripe white stone fruit and citrus with hints of ginger and oak.
The fruit was pressed whole-cluster and in small batches. Fermentation occurred in Kadar Tokaj oak barrels (33% new) with battonage and the wine aged for 10 months.
History — Our wine adventure started back in the late 1960’s when Nicholas Molnar “discovered” Napa Valley. The wines of Napa reminded him of his homeland of Hungary (from which he had just managed to escape Communist rule in 1956), he decided that “this was the place” and began buying land and developing vineyards throughout Napa Valley.In 1973, he developed Poseidon’s Vineyard, in the Carneros appellation of Napa. This was at a time when there were mostly sheep grazing in that part of the valley, and we’re sure some people thought he was a bit crazy to plant vines there. But his hunch that the region would produce stellar wines was correct, and for over 30 years we have been supplying premium grapes to wineries such as Joseph Phelps, Heitz Cellars, Sterling, Pride Mountain, Acacia, and Mumm Napa Valley.Then the Molnar sons came along, and as they “know everything better” (this is a direct quote), they partnered up with Michael Terrien to make some small batches of choice wines from land that they had tended for the past generation.Molnar Family wine was born to make cool-climate single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the very southern end of Napa Valley. We also set out to re-invent the style a bit – we wanted the taste of fruit without the candy and oakey finish of many California Chardonnays. We emphasize balance and structure to “make you change the way you think about Chardonnay”.This is not your father’s Chardonnay. (Nor is it your father’s Pinot Noir – it’s yours.)