2015 “Carneros” Chardonnay – SOLD OUT


2015 Los ” Carneros” Chardonnay

“Old Wente” Clone

$38 (750)ml

“Gold Medal” American Fine Wine Competition


Winemaker: Matt Sunseri

Vintner, Stephanie Douglas

Out of stock

Winemaker Notes

Our new Chardonnay source is planted to vine in the cool AVA of Carneros at the southern end of the Napa Valley.  The fifteen year old vines from “Old Wente” Clone are just starting to stretch their legs.  As one of the most sought after Chardonnay clones known for producing liquid gold, this vineyard is planted in tight rows oriented east to west to capture every ray of sunshine while protecting it from burn during the mid day heat. The drought wreaking havoc on California growers was in its 4th year.  The vineyard is typically dry farmed so water tolerance was fair resulting in high quality but again, lower than expected yields. An unseasonably warm winter caused bud break to push very early, signs of it were already seen in February so the vineyard manager took a proactive stance and delayed pruning to protect the vines should frost occur. Late season rain then sudden cold spell in May cropped the bloom and dialed down yields.  Once summer arrived it all the vineyards in the valley just took off. With an eye on harvest, farther up in wine country the Middletown fires made headlines. Although the smoke did not impact our neck of the woods in any way, it’s worth mentioning that the early harvest protected many farmers from smoke taint but ultimately acres upon acres and tons of grapes in Lake Country were sacrificed. The drought and fire pushed grape price in the north bay to an all time high.

Ripe and already ready for the picking it was the earliest harvest on record.  August 17, 2015

The wine went through a nerve wracking protracted fermentation (100% malolactic) which actually required us to push back the bottling date. Each barrel seemed to be on its own schedule and talking its sweet time so we re-inoculated the slow pokes with native yeast from the most active to speed them along. The wine was fermented on the lees by Matt stirring the wine every two weeks or so. Its labor a intensive  method but the end result gives a wine dimension, roundness and complexity.  After 10 long months the wine was finally dry and indeed complex. We love the Tiramisu mouth feel and creamy texture of the wine. With just a kiss of new oak, the overall impression in a lively but rich balance of stone fruit, white flowers, miso and crème brulee on the palette. The effects of oak are subtle but vanilla and butterscotch are just right and always welcome.

100% Chardonnay
Aged 11months aged in 75% new Tonnellerie Sirugue and Taransaud Burgundian Oak and 25% 1-3 year old
French Oak
Fermented on native yeasts in sur lie style for 11 mos
Winemakers: Matt Sunseri
  14.7% Alc./Vol.

120 cases produced

GOLD Medal, American Fine Wine Awards