We sourced our Chardonnay fruit from select from vineyards known for producing premium Chardonnay, including south Napa Valley and Oak Knoll. The cooling fog and breezes from nearby San Francisco and Marin Bay create cooler, more ideal conditions for growing Chardonnay. These coastal influences ensure a longer growing season, giving the fruit more time on the vine for optimal flavor development.
The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in late winter and early spring, which resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Overall, the vintage was defined by lower yields and high quality fruit.
Our fruit was hand-picked in the early morning hours, gently sorted and crushed. After pressing, the wine was fermented and aged for eight months in 100% French oak barrels, 36% of which were new.