2014 Silhouette Chardonnay
100% the Napa Side of Carneros, 90% Stanly Ranch Estate, 10% Hyde Vineyard.
Our 2014 is a shimmering golden straw in color, with a mosaic of fruit aromas; including pineapple, peach, passion fruit and mango. Beginning with a focused entry, each sip displays flavors of toasted brioche, lemon curd, fresh baked pastry and toasted almond. The mid-palate has bright acidity along with good weight, power, and texture. The long finish leaves behind lingering tastes of fine oak tannins. Silhouette is always an age-worthy white wine and will gain complexity over the next 5-10 years.
Silhouette is our limited production, top white wine. Each vintage, our very best Chardonnay fruit goes into the Silhouette bottling. For the 2014 vintage, the wine is comprised of grapes grown on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard and the neighboring Hyde Vineyard in Carneros. The grapes for Silhouette were handpicked at peak ripeness, and hand sorted before a gentle whole cluster pressing. We were able to achieve slow, cool native primary and malolactic fermentations with extended lees contact that enhanced the beautiful aromas provided by Mother Nature. The wine was aged for 18 months on full lies in 60% new French oak barrels.