2021 Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay

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The Wine

Our 2021 vintage of Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay opens with aromas of bright citrus, lime, honeycomb and ginger, followed by subtle notes of chamomile and caramel. On the palate it exhibits fresh citrus notes, white peach, pear and fresh mango supported by a complex minerality and a perfect elegant fruit acid balance. The finish is long and exceptionally smooth.


The growing season was free from severe weather issues, and, despite the drought, our yield increased five percent from 2020. We had no significant rainfall past the month of February, but mild spring and summer conditions provided an ideal environment for grapes to flower, bloom, and set in early spring. Notably cooler temperatures in August and September allowed us to pick each block at its ideal point of ripeness, leading to outstanding quality and great concentration in the fruit. The grape harvest drew to a close at the end of October, with the last grapes arriving just before an atmospheric river brought much-needed rain to Northern California.


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. All our vineyards are certified regenerative organic, ensuring that all of our grapes are of the highest quality, and that we are responsible stewards of our environment.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol – 13.5% by volume

Fermentation – indigenous yeast; 4 weeks

Harvest date – Aug. 27 – Sept. 21, 2021

Sugar – 22.5˚ Brix (average)

Bottling date – December 2022

Release date – May 2024

Total acid – 6.6 g/L

pH  – 3.31

Type of oak – French oak; 40% new oak 53% barrel 47% foudres

Production – 965 cases (12/750 ml.)

Blend – 100% Chardonnay