2014 TEXTBOOK Chardonnay, Napa Valley

2014 TEXTBOOK Chardonnay, Napa Valley

A GREAT CHARDONNAY
- St. Helena Star, July 2015

TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Chardonnay shows bright, textured fruit, subtle new French oak and a creamy texture; all in balance with fragrant and floral pear, melon and mineral notes. 

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  • Hallmark Napa Valley provenance brings deep fruit, creamy texture and balanced acidity
  • Exemplary viticultural practices provide beautiful clusters with excellent flavor and balanced maturity
  • Classic winemaking, whole-cluster press, and modest new French oak barrels deliver delicious result 

Wine Specs

Vintage 2014
Appellation Napa Valley
pH 3.57
Alcohol % 14

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes Hand-picked Chardonnay clusters were field-sorted into half-ton bins between September 16 and 29, then gravity-transferred into the press where a gentle whole cluster press cycle delivered a modest 155 gallons per ton. After settling, the juice was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless tanks (60%) and new French barrels (40%). Ten months tank and new French barrel maturation along with several battonage series (lees stirring) and malo in the 50% of the barrel lots helped develop layered texture and its classic mouth-feel. Our 2014 is creamy, crisp, balanced, and expresses this celebrated vintage perfectly.
Production Notes Hand-picked Chardonnay clusters were field-sorted into half-ton bins between September 16 and 29, then gravity-transferred into the press where a gentle whole cluster press cycle delivered a modest 155 gallons per ton. After settling, the juice was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless tanks (60%) and new French barrels (40%). Ten months tank and new French barrel maturation along with several battonage series (lees stirring) and malo in the 50% of the barrel lots helped develop layered texture and its classic mouth-feel. Our 2014 is creamy, crisp, balanced, and expresses this celebrated vintage perfectly.
Winemaker Notes Vintage 2014 followed the excellent 2012 and 2013 and led to debates as to which vintage was “better”. Our sense is they are all very high quality. We had abundant sunshine, cool evenings and a dry harvest season. 2014 in Napa Valley showcases concentrated fruit, excellent mouth-feel and exotic aromatics, all within a balanced framework of crisp acidity. The even weather patterns in September allowed harvest to occur at a more relaxed pace, which is always good for high-quality winemaking.
 

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Cynthia
1 1 1 1 1 (Mar 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM)

Love it! The fragrance is fabulous. Smooth flavor--lovely oak but not "oakey" - just yummy. I dont' like to share my Textbook Chard with anyone! It's just a precious thing--perfect with my signature tapenade. Just can't rave enough. Going to Woodlands Mkt after work to buy more. Keep up the lovingly skilled work.

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