2006 Carneros Chardonnay
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About the Vineyard...
Our 2006 Chardonnay owes it style, depth, and structure to intensely flavored, low yielding, heirloom clones
growing in two Carneros vineyards: on the Napa side, the Toyon Farm and on the Sonoma side, the Sangiocomo
family’s Vella Ranch. We hand-selected the cuttings ourselves, from older vineyards in the Carneros area. These
cuttings are reputed to have origins tracing to Paul Masson who imported them from Burgundy in the early
1940’s, from none other than Louis Latour's renowned Corton Charlemagne vineyard. These selections are often
referred to as “Old Wente” or “Robert Young,” denoting the sourced mother blocks in the 1960s.
About the Vintage...
The 2006 vintage was a cool one, marked especially by cooler nights that slowed down the ripening process and
allowed the grapes to develop and maintain significant levels of acidity. This continued at a measured pace, with
no heat spikes, on through the harvest, which was definitely on the late side for Chardonnay, starting near the end
of September and finishing on October 2nd.
About the Wine...
We aspire to guide our Chardonnay toward a layered, complex, and expressive style that develops gracefully in
the bottle and shows enticing minerality, vivacious fruit, length and structure. For us, the watchword is balance.
We gently pressed the grapes as whole clusters, settled and fermented entirely in French oak from three different
coopers, chosen for their unique synergism and support of the fruit on the palate. Nearly half of the barrels were
new. We used a variety of yeasts, including native strains, and fermentation proceeded evenly and slowly,
averaging a cool 55°F. The wine was aged on its yeast lees, which were stirred weekly through May. Wine
analysis: Alc. 14 %, pH 3.40, ta 6.1 g/l. 602 cases produced.
Opulent and layered fruit: tangerine, melon, nectarine, white peach, figs, and lemon cream aromas are layered
above brioche, holiday spices and crème brulleé. Exceptional richness fills out the palate with minerality and lush
fruit textures, uplifted by citrus notes and acidity. The finish lingers, balancing between richness, minerals, and