2018 Chardonnay

  • Tasting Notes

    Eye
    Yellow diamond.

    Nose
    Honeysuckle, star jasmine, pineapple upsidedown cake with secondary notes of lychee and candied dried citrus. Hints of lemon verbena, flowering sage mix, pear, and guava, followed by subtle brine.

    Palate
    Round, full, silky, and seamless on the palate with ultrafine tannins and a lengthy finish.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2028.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
    • Vineyard Source
      Far West Block — Brown Estate
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Fermentation
      Barrel fermented 25% new French Oak
    • Alcohol by vol.
      13%
    • Production
      300 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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