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Chardonnay Napa Valley - Library Release

2006 Chardonnay
Bella Vista - Calistoga, CA
CA - Napa Valley - Napa Valley
Size: 750ml


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Aromas of kefir lime and lemon custard are followed by notes of pineapple and Asian pear. The palate is both bright and lively with a mineral acidity. The texture is round and smooth, and the finish yields a hint of honeysuckle. A rare ageable Chardonnay, rich and complex.


Total Cases: 750
Harvest Dates: September 2006
Bottling Date: July 2007
Release Date: May 2008

Average Degree Brix: 24.5
Titratable Acidity: 5.5 g/L
pH at Bottling: 3.48
Alcohol Level: 14.1000%

Blend/Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 78% barrel fermented - 23% new oak
Aging: 11 months on light lees

Taste & Character

Acidity: Low
Tanins: Low
Oak: Medium
Ageability: Long (Greater than 5 years)
Body: Medium

Winemaker's Notes

We source our Chardonnay from a east facing hill-side vineyard in Calistoga at 1200 feet. It’s planted to a Murphy Vineyards selection on volcanic soils. Harvested to half-ton bins, this Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed and cold-settled. The clarified juice was fermented in tanks and barrels. Once fermentation was completed, the barrel fermented portion was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation. Both types of lots remained on light lees for 11 months of aging before being blended and bottled.

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