2017 Chardonnay, Carneros

$38.00 per bottle   /   $32.30 club price

91 points, James Suckling

This Carneros Chardonnay has attractive aromas of sweet honeydew melon, Golden Delicious apples, tangerines, lemon curd, toasted brioche, and a touch of vanilla bean.  It is rich and softly textured with a very long, creamy finish. Its palate provides a full-bodied wine with fresh nectarines, apple pie, green pears, toasted walnuts, white flowers, cardamom, and lemon verbena.  Enjoyable now and through 2022 with proper cellaring.


The Chardonnay clone used for this wine is UCD 6, developed by UC Davis. After handpicking, the fruit was hand sorted and whole cluster pressed in a gentle Champagne press cycle.  The juice was then cold settled and racked to barrels dirty on its heavy lees solids.  The Chardonnay then underwent a native yeast barrel fermentation in 100% French oak barrels (35% new and 65% neutral). This wine went through approximately 75% of its malolactic fermentation to enhance body and mouthfeel.  Lees stirring was performed every 3 weeks during its life to also build upon body, texture, and structure. Overall, the wine was aged on the lees for 10 months before filtration and bottling.


2017 was a stellar growing season for Chardonnay grapes in the Carneros District.  This vintage is deemed to be a long season overall, with plenty of warm days in the spring and summer months, which allowed the fruit to develop slowly, yet ripen at a steady pace. The fruit was handpicked on September 7th, 2017 at optimal flavors and ripeness.


Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Napa Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.2%