2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Nose Ripe peach, pear and cloves dominate the nose amidst a flurry of floral and honeysuckle notes.
Palate There’s a wonderful fullness and weight on the palate punctuated by ripe melon, green apple, and fresh citrus. The oak contribution remains subtle with a hint of vanilla and baking spice.
Finish The density of the wine is readily apparent as grilled pineapple, lychee, and a rich creaminess linger.
After a dry winter and mild spring, we did get one substantial rain event before budbreak to saturate the soil profile for the beginning of the growing season. However, drought conditions dominated overall necessitating precise applications of water, which allowed the vines to maintain sufficient stress but still ripen slowly and methodically throughout the summer warmth. The temperatures remained relatively cool at night propelling harvest to an early but not record-setting start as all of the Chardonnay was picked over a roughly two week period from late August to early September.