This graceful Chardonnay has a broad, expressive nose with lemon, stone fruit and vanilla aromas. Medium bodied, this wine has a lovely texture with flavors of red apple, light citrus and Asian pear that lead to a long finish with a hint of creamy oak.

There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. Try pairing this Chardonnay with grilled chicken with lemon aioli, grilled salmon with a cucumber, tomato and fresh dill salsa or roast chicken breast stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and roasted tomato.

Vineyard Notes

KARIA comes from a tapestry of vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley. For the 2014 offering, vineyards in the Atlas Peak District, Carneros, Coombsville (Arcadia Vineyard) and Oak Knoll (Danika Ranch Vineyard) contributed fruit in almost equal parts.

The vineyards in Carneros, which are cooled in the mornings and evenings by breezes sweeping north from San Pablo Bay, contribute citrus and mineral notes to the wine. Arcadia Vineyard brings perfume and delicate fruit characters while our estate vineyard at Danika Ranch provides bright, juicy apple and pear personality to the blend.

The fruit was picked early in the morning to keep it cool and then was whole cluster pressed to preserve the freshness. Oak and malolactic fermentation were used in moderation to accent, rather than overwhelm, the fruit.