93 Points - GOLD - EXCEPTIONAL - Tastings.com - February 11, 2021
92 Points - JamesSuckling.com - January 10, 2021
92 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate - November 5, 2020
90 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards - 2021
Delicious now, or perfect for aging in your cellar. Enjoy with herb-crusted pork ribs, grilled chicken Caesar salad, poached salmon and more.
Vineyard: This Chardonnay thrives American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Pablo Bay, which spills into the San Francisco Bay. The cool maritime breezes and morning fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen to develop complex flavors while maintaining a pleasing natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. Farmed all naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
Vintage: The 2018 vintage was a bountiful vintage marked by cool, consistent temperatures and a timely rainfall for bud break in March and April. Harvest began on September tenth, and the grapes were of the highest quality with lower brix and high acidity.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley Estate
Harvest date: Aug. 24 - Oct. 4, 2018
Sugar: 23.1 Brix (average)
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Total acid: 7.2 g/L
Aging: Fermented and aged 10 months
Type of oak: French oak; 40% new, 60% neutral
Bottling date: January 2020
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