10 months in 35% new French oak
2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay
This wine reflects the depth of the vintage with its golden color, platinum hue, bright aromas and rich taste. Alluring aromas of caramel, apricot, white peach, lemon peel, and green apple are balanced with subtle minerality. A rich and creamy mouthfeel carries flavors of apple, custard, and butterscotch. The mid-palate shows excellent acidity and further notes of jasmine and white chocolate.
Named after the color of the soil, the Tierra Blanca vineyard is located on the Napa side of Los Carneros right up against the San Pablo Bay. The 2014 vintage is being hailed for its excellent quality and depth of flavor. It was an early harvest, with many winegrowers starting and ending a full two weeks ahead of the normal harvest schedule. With perfect weather and an abundant crop despite the drought, the good fortune of this season resulted in an amazing vintage.
The key to the unbelievably rich texture of this wine is 10 months of aging. During this time, the lees (the grapes’ natural yeast) richen the wine’s body, resulting in a custard-like creaminess.
Food Pairing Notes
This pairs beautifully with a wide range of cheeses, from aged Gouda to Farmstead Cheddar. It’s also delicious with fish tacos, scallops, ceviche, and grilled chicken.