2019 Chardonnay

  • Tasting Notes

    Eye
    Sparkling yellow gold quartz, glistening topaz undertones at core, translucent rim.

    Nose
    Elderflower/yarrow, Marcona almonds, caramel, waxy honeycomb. Secondary notes of Crenshaw melon, lychee, shaved coconut, and pineapple with subtle key lime and freshly churned buttermilk. Late traces of limestone dust and sweet flowering gardenia.

    Palate
    Expansive with medium body, subtle zest, lean and tart acidity over a lush foundation.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2035.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
    • Vineyard Source
      Far West Block — Brown Estate
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Fermentation
      Barrel fermented, 30% new French Oak
    • Alcohol by vol.
      13%
    • Production
      275 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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