Comprised of four Chardonnay clones, this wine displays aromas of hazelnut, spice, ripe apple, orange blossom, fig and butter with elegant, upfront flavors of sweet pear, crème brûlée, lemon and a lingering, toasted oak finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique delicacy and finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character. The grapes for our 2010 Reserve Chardonnay come primarily from a single vineyard in Napa Valley Carneros.
In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, shellfish and poultry dishes, the Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhance this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.
Record rainfall in the spring was followed by a record mild summer; July being the coolest it’s been in 50 years. Yields from our Napa Valley Carneros vineyard were about average, which led to nice structure and weight in this Chardonnay. Harvest began in September, about two weeks later than normal, with the last grapes being picked mid-October.