2013 Merryvale Chardonnay Carneros
This wine is vibrant gold in color with aromas of jasmine, ripe, sweet pear and peach, pineapple, popcorn, golden delicious apple, toffee, and vanilla bean. The smooth, bright entry offers the prelude to an elegant, delicate wine with lots of personality, weight and volume. The acidity is well balanced by the flavor and texture of the wine. Flavors of ripe fruits are accented by complex barrel notes, leading to a lengthy, sophisticated finish.
The fruit in this Chardonnay was grown primarily on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros, with some select lots from the renowned Hyde Vineyard blended in.
The grapes were carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented using 100% native yeast. The wine spent 10 months in French oak barrels, and underwent native malolactic fermentation.