Our 2014 chardonnay offers moderately light yellow color with an edge of pale green in the glass that shows its vibrant quality. The nose is rich yet airy, with scents of Meyer lemon zest, poached pear, green apple and a hint of light oak. The secondary aromas include lime blossom, nectarine and fresh honey. The texture on the palate has, at first, an opulent mouth feel but expands with bright acids to lengthen the flavor. An explosion of fruit flavors leads to a long and bright finish.
Best of Class Award- 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold Medal (91 pts)- 2016 Critics Challenge Wine Competition, Gold Medal- 2016 Florida State Fair Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2016 TexSom International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2016 Hilton Head Wine Competition
Leveroni Vineyards, just south of the town of Sonoma. The grapes come from an old block of Wente clone vines planted in the early 1970’s.
The 2014 growing season was an excellent one, despite an ongoing drought in California. With the drought conditions, a mild winter and spring caused an early bud break. The overall length of the growing season was similar to past years as the rains we did receive were at the perfect time before bud break. The remainder of the season was consistently temperate. A repetition of warm periods, followed by cooler periods, provided ideal grape ripening. These beneficial conditions created small berries, which translates into great balance and concentration with flavorful fruit and bright aromatics.
The grapes were harvested on August 17, 2014, which was two weeks earlier than we have ever picked from the Leveroni Vineyard, and timing was quite fortunate as a 6.0 earthquake rocked south Napa one week later just as crush was getting underway.
The grapes for this wine were picked ripe and then gently pressed. After settling the juice, it was inoculated and fermented in barrel until dry. The wine went through 50% malo-lactic fermentation to enhance the rich and supple texture. The chardonnay was left on its settlings and stirred every two weeks to help give a creamy mouth feel.
Bottled in August 2015, this drinks wonderfully now and should develop quite nicely for the next 4-6
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with kale salad, balsamic chicken or shrimp primavera.
197 cases produced