This Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay opens with exquisite aromas of fresh peach, pineapple and mango, followed by subtle notes of mint and lemon zest. Spiced apple and a hint of vanilla caramel emerge, followed by undertones of clove and white pepper. Next, on the palate, the wine revisits the fresh fruit aromatics of citrus, peach and pineapple while exhibiting an enormous amount of complexity and minerality. This expression carries long into the aftertaste where an invigorating acidity beckons your next sip.
We had high rain fall at the beginning of the season, a mild winter, and then we finally transitioned into a beautiful spring. There was an early bud break and flowering, followed by sunny days and high temperatures through June and August.
For this wine we select only the best grapes, which are primarily from our oldest block of Chardonnay, the Old Wente clone planted in 1989. Through a combination of clone, age and cool climate, this single block in our estate vineyard in the chilly Carneros region of Napa Valley creates wonderfully rich flavors, balanced with crisp acidity. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
Aug. 18 – Sept. 12, 2017
23.5 Brix (average)
Time in oak
Type of oak
900-gallon French oak casks (foudres)