2019 Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay
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Our Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay is a recreation of the now-famous 1973 Chardonnay crafted by Mike Grgich that beat the best French white wines in the historic Judgement of Paris. This wine has an elegant bouquet of fresh peach, key lime, and pineapple, enhanced by hints of Madagascar vanilla and caramel. Both soft and dense on the palate, it exudes juicy aromatics of green apple and fresh pineapple harmoniously balanced by crisp and refreshing acidity.
Napa Valley experienced above-average rainfall in the early months of 2019 with over 50 inches of rain in Rutherford. The residual moisture and colder than average soils led to a delayed budbreak. Spring and summer enjoyed moderate temperatures with no significant heat spikes until 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 our certified organic vineyards naturally, using the principles of regenerative agriculture.