Our approach to Chardonnay is one of nonintervention, allowing the fruit and the place to speak for itself, and then layering in our techniques to bring it to its fullest potential. We let the grapes develop fully, which in our vineyards means concentrated and complex layers of fruit, heady evocative aromatics and perfect balance of flavor. We ferment in stainless steel at low temperatures to preserve the intense, complex aromatics, and then age certain lots in 3-year-old, air-dried French oak to accentuate and balance the concentrated fruit, adding another layer of complexity with the subtle, high-quality oak. The result is a rich wine, but with clean, pure layers of flavors and aromatics.
The nose is reminiscent of Meyer lemons, preserved then diced up later in the year for seasoning in a meal, wet stones and Kaffir lime blossoms waft in and out as well. The wine builds in body and texture as it sits in your mouth. Layers of Kaffir lime, guava, and pineapple pour in at first, and then the light creamy texture of whipped lemon curd fills in the flavor palette. The finish is clean and crisp, lingering enough to make you want another sip... go ahead, we'll make more next year, don't worry.
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