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By nose this chardonnay has a great amount of honeysuckle and green apple, followed by stone fruit and a hint of Madagascar vanilla bean. Green apple is the predominant flavor at the very beginning of the front palate, with a great integration of oak and fruit which balances out the wine throughout the mouth. Delightful flavors of peach and honeysuckle in the mid palate, with creaminess from the mid palate though the finish.
Only as the grapes arrive at the winery do we decide how to treat them. This Chardonnay was handled in small 10 ton lots (one press load) at a time. 100% of the Chardonnay grapes were pressed as whole clusters, just as we do with sparkling wine. Frequent lees stirring or ’batonnage’, at least three times a week for at least
seven months contributes to the complex flavors.