A combination of barrel and stainless steel fermentation resulted in bright and floral aromatics, with layers of pear, apple and citrus, highlighted with a hint of vanilla and hard spices. The intense fruit in this wine is beautifully integrated with refreshing acidity and the nuances of French oak. Sleepy Hollow's signature mineral character and creamy textures add complexity to a long finish.
This wine was entirely sourced from our Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. We used Wente clone Chardonnay from vines ranging between 20 and 40 years old. The 2015 vintage in Monterey County was one of the smallest on record. With neither excessive heat spikes nor cool stretches interfering with development, fruit ripened evenly in these moderate, dry conditions, building excellent ripeness and balance with intense concentration and density of flavor. Wines from 2015 are showing expressive layers of ripe fruit on the palette.