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2006 Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay

by David on August 27, 2008

Geoff farms our Chardonnay in the breezy Carneros District where the cooling bay fog added to the effect of the long ripening season yielding small, intensely flavored clusters. Following harvest the first week of October, he fermented half the juice in oak for roundness and richness and the other half in stainless steel for vibrant fruit character. He brought the two together to create a fresh style of great complexity and vitality.

A bright perfume of green apple, sweet vanilla, pineapple and spice anticipates lively flavors of Asian pear, Meyer lemon and toasty oak. The creamy, lingering finish is the mark of several months of aging sur lies.

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