COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
TA: 5.5 g/L
AGING: 8 months Neutral French Oak barrels
PRODUCTION: 275 cases
The 2021 growing season was dry and marked by hot, arid conditions. Coming off of a rainy December 2020, growers were hopeful the rains would continue through the first quarter of 2021, but we'd soon learn there was no more rain coming; Water Year 2021 was California’s second driest year based on statewide precipitation, according to studies by the California Department of Water Resources (Water Year 1924 was California’s driest year for that metric.) Budbreak began in mid-March, and with it came unseasonably warm spring temperatures. Summer came on gradually, and temperatures remained steady and warm through June. July and August were cooler than usual, and moderate fall temperatures followed. The moderate fall temperatures allowed the fruit mature slowly, accumulating flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Harvest came in mid-September. Yields were low and berries were small, an expression of the dry year.
Grapes were delivered to winery, pressed and pumped into a stainless-steel tank to begin a 25-day fermentation off of skin and seeds. After 25 days in steel tanks, wine is pumped into neutral American Oak barrels to age and develop for 8 months before bottling.
Super aromatic with a spectacularly crazy tropicality of overripe pineapple, honeydew and Meyer lemon. The palate first hits with deliciously acidic green apple, then lime and a sense of citrus flowers. Medium-bodied, with a lingering finish of granny smith apples. Best served at cellar temperature, 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Tasting notes written in collaboration with David Berman.
Delicious with lighter fare like pasta seasoned with butter, lemon and herbs. Excellent with white fish like halibut and cod and shellfish like lobster, shrimp, crab, and scallops. For vegetables, try with corn, butternut squash and sweet potatoes; the subtle sweetness in these vegetables play up the acid in the wine nicely.
Retail Price: $36.00
Case Price (12 bottles): $432.00
Club Member Price: $30.60
Club Member Case Price (12 bottles): $367.20
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