The nose exudes aromas of tropical fruits and citrus married with subtle oak notes. On the palate, this wine is a great balance of bright citrus and honey with a touch of oak character and hints of juicy peach, lemon oil, and crème brulée. Crafted with care so that no single flavor overpowers another, this wine is simply delicious.
Pair this medium-bodied wine with medium-bodied dishes, highlight the flavors in the wine by using butter and fresh herbs, or enjoy with lighter proteins like grilled fish or roasted chicken with fresh vegetables.
California offers a wide range of prized growing conditions within its boundaries and ascending slopes of the Sierra Nevada. There are also many soil types comprised of sand, clay, loam, granite, volcanic ash, seabed soil and river-run gravel. We carefully select our Chardonnay grapes from multiple microclimates throughout the state: cooler areas produce flavors of crisp apple and lemon, moderate areas show flavors of ripe melon and stone fruit, and warmer areas add touches of tropical fruit.
Once our Chardonnay grapes are at the point of perfect tension between ripe fruit and bright acidity, they are picked in the early morning and arrive at the winery still cold. The grapes go directly to the press and the juice is sent to settle in chilled stainless steel tanks. We control the temperature during 3 to 4 weeks of fermentation, which allows us to maximize the varietal expression and preserve aroma. We use both lees stirring and malolactic conversion to enhance portions of the blends. Balanced with 10% new French oak.