Our 2010 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay introduces itself with creamy, yeasty, butterscotch-y aromas that quickly reveal lovely ripe peach and yellow apple fruit scents layered with nutmeg and cinnamon spice notes from the French oak barrels in which it was fermented and aged. Full-bodied, round and extremely rich and creamy on the palate, the wine expertly marries lush apple, peach and crème brulee flavors with refreshing mineral tones, culminating in a long, lively finish buoyed by bright acidity and a hint of citrus zest. Beautifully structured, this sumptuous Napa Valley Chardonnay should age beautifully in bottle for another 5-7 years.
2010 is our first vintage of Reserve Chardonnay produced entirely from our estate vineyards – Cuttings Wharf, Milton Road and Foster Road – in the cool-climate Carneros district of southern Napa Valley. These prime sites are planted to six distinctive, high-quality clones of Chardonnay. By fermenting and barrel aging each clonal selection separately, and then blending only the very best barrel lots, we’re able to create a rich, luxurious style of Chardonnay with layers of complex aromas and flavors.