This wine is gorgeous, leaning toward an elegant, red-fruited style rather than the typical
Californian profile of dark ripe berries. The oak is likewise subtle in character, with a
lighter toast profile that accentuates rather than masks the fruit, while adding length
and texture to the palate. Packaged in heavy glass and sealed with antique-gold wax.
This wine is fermented cold and slow to retain bright fruit aromas, then aged in a combination of stainless tank and neutral barrels on the yeast lees for about 4 months. To preserve acidity we do not allow mallow lactic fermentation to occur. The resulting wine is a bright, clean expression of citrus and peach aromas with a tangy and refreshing palate.
Carneros Ranch Chardonnay has bright apple, honey and stone fruit flavors with vibrant acidity and ample toast and spice from new French oak. Aging on sur-lie adds notes of baked bread in the nose as well as suppleness to the palate.