2020 Merryvale Chardonnay Stanly Ranch Estate
Sourced from our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard, located on the Napa side of Carneros. A combination of classic Burgundian techniques and modern winemaking. Half the grapes were whole cluster pressed to used French oak barrels where the wine was fermented using native yeasts. The other half of the grapes were whole cluster pressed to concrete eggs where they fermented using a yeast strain isolated from a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy. Partial malolactic fermentation, minimal stirring, sur lie aging for 18 months and blended before bottling.
Exotic expressions of guava, lychee, and passionfruit are braced with brilliant acidity and stony minerality. Despite being lush and full, there is a lightness and length to the wine that intensifies as the wine opens. A complex and intriguing, immensely pleasurable Chardonnay that will continue to evolve. Enjoy alone or with a wide range of seafoods and chicken.