Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons), 100% Barrel-fermented, 100% New oak 10 months sur lie
This is a lovely Chardonnay with warm, inviting aromas of Bosc pear, white peach, honeyed phyllo, marshmallow and cedar. On the palate, layers of Meyer lemon, honeydew and panna cotta are accentuated by a silky texture and rich oak, with bright acidity framing a long, luxurious finish.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.