Named after Jeff & Ingrid's daughter, Ella Sofia, this wine is pale yellow, straw in color. Aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple & mango mingle with hints of ripe melon, green apple and toasty oak. It is well balanced with a full body and moderate oak. Flavors of passion fruit, caramel, and zesty citrus show through in the long finish.
||2-3 year old French oak
||new Damy, French Oak
||Enjoy now through 2014
||July 16, 2009
89 points- John Jonna, Wine Review for Car & Driver,
87 points- KensWineGuide.com
Silver Medal- 2010 American Wine Society Competition,
Bronze Medal- 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition,
Bronze Medal- 2010 Indy International Wine Competition
The grapes for this selection come from a 35 year old, Wente Clone vineyard (Leveroni Vineyards), planted on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma.
The grapes for this wine were picked at 24.5 brix of sugar, gently hand sorted, whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, inoculated with yeast, and racked to barrels for fermentation. After the completion of fermentation, the wine was inoculated with a malo-lactic culture, stirred every other week, and sur-lees aged for 8 months.
This chardonnay is nice with shellfish and many varieties of cheeses and fruits.
252 cases produced