2015 Chardonnay

  • Tasting Notes

    Delicate, lithe, and ethereal pale golden yellow in color, this wine is pristine and pure on the nose. Fragrances of lemongrass, lychee, and wildflower honeycomb commingle with muted tropical notes of unripe pineapple, subtle guava, and lemon zest. Rounding out the bouquet is a trace of Marcona almond with sea salt and hints of vanilla and creamy lemon curd. Lean structure remains true to the old world character favored by fans of our early vintages of Chardonnay. Mouthfeel is lean and silky with an elusive brine lingering on the palate—perfect for oysters or whatever you love from the season’s best seafoods. Drink now through 2022.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Far West Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Fermentation
      Barrel fermented in 25% new French oak
    • Alcohol
      14% by vol.
    • Production
      160 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our chardonnay vineyard is a bona fide outlier, residing at the far northwest corner of our estate property. The soil in this truly wild west vineyard is a dense gray clay, thick enough to pull your shoe off your foot should you venture out when it’s damp. At four acres it typically yields a mere two tons maximum per acre. The fruit extracts from the clay soil a terrifically complex minerality that sets the resulting wine apart from typical Napa Valley chardonnay offerings.

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