2012 TEXTBOOK Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Hallmark provenance brings bright fruit, depth, creamy texture and zippy acidity.
• Hallmark provenance brings bright fruit, depth, creamy texture and zippy acidity
• Exemplary viticultural practices provide beautiful clusters with perfect flavor and balanced maturity
• Classic winemaking, whole-cluster press, new French oak barrels deliver delicious result
9 months in oak barrels
Our Chardonnay comes from two superb Napa Valley sites. The first is located in the Los Carneros AVA, near the cold San Pablo Bay and its long, cool season brings tropical and stone fruit aromas and terrific depth of flavor. The second site represents forty percent of our blend, is located at the Yountville Crossroads, and is over 25 years old. These rugged, older vines deliver a fraction of the yield of today's more prolific clones, but what is offered is exceptional, offering unctuous texture and aromatic complexity. Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these sites, unevenly ripened bunches were hand culled reducing yield to less than 3 tons/acre.
Hand-picked Chardonnay clusters were field sorted into half-ton bins between September 26 and October 2, 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 and new French barrels. Cultured yeasts completed the indigenous fermentation. Nine months tank and new French barrel maturation (20% new) along with several battonage series (lees stirring) and malo in many of the lots helped develop layered texture and its classic mouth-feel. Creamy, deep and balanced, it expresses this celebrated vintage perfectly.
TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Chardonnay shows bright, textured fruit, subtle new French oak and a rich, creamy texture; all in balance with fragrant and floral pear, melon and mineral notes. We think it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in these outstanding Napa Valley sub-appellations.
Finally, a “regular” growing season! After three unusual years, 2012 brought us back to a normal year with excellent results across the board. The characteristics of the 2012 vintage in Napa Valley showcase concentrated fruit, rich mouth-feel and exotic aromatics, all within a balanced framework of crisp acidity. The even weather patterns in September and October allowed harvest to occur at a more relaxed pace, which is always good for high-quality