2015 Merryvale Chardonnay, Carneros
A vibrant gold color, this wine is alive with bright acidity, aromas of ripe, sweet pear, pineapple, popcorn, golden delicious apple, toffee, and vanilla bean. Showcasing the balanced 2015 growing season, the smooth, bright entry offers the prelude to a fresh and delicate wine with lots of personality, weight and volume. The acidity is well framed by the flavor and texture of the wine. Naturally sweet flavors and aromatics are accented by complex barrel note, leading to a lengthy, sophisticated finish.
The fruit in this Chardonnay is primarily grown on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros, with some select lots from the renowned Hyde Vineyard and the Poe Vineyard.
The grapes were carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented using 100% native yeast. The wine spent 12 months in 30% new French oak barrel.