This supple and expressive chardonnay showcases this varietal’s incredible fruit character with bright aromas and flavors on a vivid palate. The primary aromas are rich yet airy, with scents of citrus, ripe pear, caramel and a hint of light oak. It has a silky and creamy texture on the palate with flavors of poached pear, white flowers and orchard fruit. This balanced, elegant wine pairs with a wide range of moderately rich foods.
Silver medal- California State Fair
Sourced from 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 2016 growing season was an excellent one, with a gentle return to normal after a five year drought. A relatively even growing season occurred as the winter rains helped to alleviate the dry conditions, creating small berry clusters lending more concentration with flavorful fruit and bright aromatics. The temperate season allowed the grapes to ripen at a steady pace, which made for balanced wines with a bit more intensity than the drought years.
The grapes were harvested on September 8, 2016 and picked at 24.3 brix in the early hours and trucked into the winery where they were gently pressed. After settling the juice, it was inoculated and fermented in barrel until dry. The wine went through 40% 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.
Released for enjoyment in April 2018, this chardonnay will develop nicely for the next 4-6 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Smoked salmon, butternut squash ravioli.
199 cases produced