Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier
This wine is meant to showcase high-quality fruit from premier California vineyard regions including Lodi, Clarksburg, Mendocino, and Sonoma Counties. At harvest, the Chardonnay grapes were picked at optimum ripeness and received at the winery in the cool morning hours.
California boasts nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), that encompass over a half million acres of vineyards, supporting a diverse varietal mix. Chardonnay, a cool climate varietal, thrives in the fog-bathed coastal vineyard sites.
Only 50% of the Chardonnay was fermented with oak while the remainder was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the bright fruit character in the wine. The majority of the Chardonnay goes through malolactic fermentation, building mouthfeel and creaminess. The Chenin Blanc and Viognier in the blend do not go through the malolactic fermentation processing allowing the wine to maintain its lively acidity and pure, bright fruit character.
Approachable with lifted aromas of ripe pear, Honeydew melon, Meyer lemon zest and fresh stone fruit. The attractive bouquet on the nose rings true on the palate where juicy, tropical fruit flavors work well with the soft vanilla custard and toasted almond notes. The wine is well-balanced with bright fruit, creamy texture and a crisp mineral finish lingering on the finish.