2015 Merryvale Chardonnay, Carneros
The fruit in this Chardonnay was grown primarily on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros, with some select lots from the renowned Hyde and Poe Vineyards blended in. With the nice and dry summer in 2015, we picked the three vineyards between the last week of August and the first week of September. Despite being a fairly early pick it had already been a long growing season and the nitrogen content in the fruit was low resulting in long, slow fermentations The grapes were carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented using 100% native yeast. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation and spent 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels.
Long, slow fermentations helped to promote finesse and complexity in the final blend. The vineyards’ proximity to the San Pablo Bay keeps them at a cool temperature and brings cool climate characteristics to the wine, most notably a crisp freshness. This Chardonnay from the Napa side of Carneros is vibrant gold in color with bright acidity. Aromas of ripe citrus and poached pear are complemented by toffee and caramel notes. The smooth entry opens to an elegant, delicate wine with lots of personality, weight and volume. Ripe fruit flavors are accented by complex barrel notes, leading to a lengthy, refined finish.