2012 was just about a picture-perfect growing season in Napa Valley for all varietals. Generous rainfall in March and even temperatures in April and May were ideal for bud break and bloom. Long, warm days and cool, often foggy nights throughout the season led to a late-September harvest for this variety. Yield was just slightly above normal, and the fruit exhibited bright aromatics and acid balance. The grapes were gently cold-pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. The final blend was 100% Chardonnay.

This 2012 Chardonnay evokes the style of a good French Chablis – excellent varietal character, yet with a modest alcohol. Aromas of ripe guava, melon and Meyer lemon are present. This full-bodied wine coats the palate, showing flavors of wild honey, peach, apple and citrus. The firm acidity of this wine will assure excellent drinkability through at least 2016. Try matching this wine with scallops or grilled chicken