2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley


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Classically-styled wine that is alive with delicious, food friendly acidity. Fermented and aged 10 months in French oak.

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The Wine

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been called “The King of Chardonnay” since the winery began in 1977, and you can taste why in this classically-styled wine. We did not allow the Chardonnay to undergo malolactic fermentation, preserving its natural acidity.
This gorgeous Chardonnay opens with fresh, citrus aromas of Meyer lemon and lime followed by juicy, ripe peach, with underlying notes of honeysuckle, herbs and vanilla. The 2018 vintage showed above ­average natural acids in the wines, which, along with lower sugar levels, make the 2018 vintage white wines exceptionally fresh and vibrant. Take a sip, and you’ll find that this 2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley exhibits extraordinary balance of citrus fruit on the front palate with minerality and depth of flavors on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is harmonious and lingers well beyond expectation.

Vintage

The 2018 vintage was a bountiful vintage marked by cool, consistent temperatures and a timely rainfall for bud break in March and April. Harvest began on September tenth, and the grapes were of the highest quality with lower alcohol and high acidity.

Vineyard

Our Chardonnay thrives in our American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Pablo Bay which spills into the San Francisco Bay. The cool maritime breezes and morning fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen to develop complex flavors while maintaining a bright, natural acidity. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol

14.1%

Fermentation

indigenous yeast

Harvest date

Aug. 24 – Oct. 4, 2018

Sugar

23.1 Brix average

Bottling date

January 2020

Release Date

December 2020

Total acid

7.1 g/L

pH

3.4

Blend

100% Chardonnay

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