This is the debut vintage of our Family Select Chardonnay, a wine sourced entirely from our family’s sustainably farmed estate-owned vineyards in Oakville and Carneros. It is rare to find Chardonnay in Oakville, but a few blocks in our Crossroads Vineyard offer a slightly cooler microclimate well-suited to the varietal and over the years we have resisted the temptation to graft these fully mature vines over to Cabernet Sauvignon.
In this carefully composed wine, the rich, ripe Oakville fruit (75%) beautifully complements the bright minerality of the Chardonnay we grow in our Carneros vineyard (25%). Fermented and aged predominantly in new French oak barrels with twenty-five percent malolactic fermentation, the wine opens with ample notes of ripe mango and lychee, followed by succulent stone fruit, Asian pear and a note of subtle caramel. Twice-monthly lees stirring gives this Chardonnay a rich and complex mouthfeel, yet it retains a fresh underlying liquid minerality that brings a radiant snap to the finish.