2021 Estate Chardonnay

The Estate Chardonnay is an exciting new addition to our portfolio. Each year winemaker TJ Evans determines the ideal blend of Chardonnay grapes from our six Estate vineyards to highlight the vivid complexity of Carneros. The 2021 vintage marries two great Chardonnay sites, Palmer Vineyard and La Rocaille Vineyard. The Wente clone grapes from Palmer Vineyard lend acidity, while the Alexander Valley clone grapes of La Rocaille Vineyard provide unctuous richness, resulting in a complex and lively wine. Fermentation was conducted in barrel, mostly neutral oak with just a touch of new, steam bent, French Oak (25%) to support but not overwhelm the fruit. The wine rested on primary lees for 15 months with occasional stirring.

Tasting Notes

Lively aromas of pear, citrus, and white flower leap from the glass. Broad-shouldered and finely detailed with a touch of seamlessly integrated oak,
the palate offers lemon curd, river rock, and a hint of golden hay, finishing long
on a lifting acidity.

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Food Pairings

Dishes that provide a creamy and bright counterpoint are an ideal match for this classic chardonnay - Risotto brightened with fresh herbs, or grilled oysters with a squeeze of lemon. Our winemaker enjoys pairing this wine with Chicken Piccata.

Varietal Composition

Vintage: 2021
Varietal: 100% Estate-Grown Chardonnay
Acid: 0.72g/100ml
pH: 3.36
Alcohol %: 13.8

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Daily Toast

The mere popping of a cork instantly creates a celebration!
—Eileen Crane, Founding Winemaker