2019 Bread & Butter Napa Valley Chardonnay
9 months on 50% new French Oak
On the nose, this Chardonnay possesses aromas of toasted almond, baked apple and sweet citrus. The juicy entry with flavors of Meyer lemon, pie crust and toasted oak notes leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel with structured acidity. Luxurious fruit flavors are integrated through to the long, elegant finish.
Nestled between two mountain ranges, the Napa Valley offers diverse microclimates and soils that are uniquely suited to growing beloved varieties. Chardonnay from the Napa Valley is fruit-driven and luscious, and this wine is no exception. The intense fruit notes are complemented by the the integration of toasted oak notes, which result from 50% of this wine being barrel-fermented and going through malolactic fermentation with fine lees stirring. In the end, this wine is round and creamy.
The 2019 growing season in Napa Valley will continue to be celebrated in years to come. While bud-break was delayed due to a cooler Spring, the warm yet steady summer months allowed the grapes to ripen evenly. Grapes in the Napa Valley also befitted from a long, slow Harvest without heat spikes or rain. Winemakers, including our own, reported that their 2019 wines show great complexity, expression and power.
Aging Potential 5-7 years