2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Our Napa Valley Chardonnay is made using fruit grown on elite vineyards in some of the coolest regions of Napa Valley. The majority of the grapes come from Kelly Ranch, which overlooks the San Pablo Bay, where marine influences and shallow soils composed of clay and gravel create optimal growing conditions for Chardonnay. To add depth and complexity, the 2015 vintage also includes grapes from Red Hen Vineyard in Oak Knoll, and from an older, dry-farmed block of Wente clone grapes from Bald Mountain Vineyard, which is located at an elevation of 2,000 feet on Mount Veeder. This wine was aged on its lees for eight months in one-third new French oak barrels. For added texture and viscosity, a significant portion of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation.