2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay
1000 cases, estate grown and bottled
In barrel, 15% malolactic with natural yeasts
On the lees for 10 months; French oak; 5% new (Damy and Francois Freres)
13.9% by volume
This vintage is crisp and floral with medium body and very complex. The nose has grapefruit, lemon and tea aromas with just a hint of oak and butterscotch. Citrus in the mouth with some red currant fruit and beautiful balancing acidity. The end is flavorful and refreshing. Very versatile with food.
Chablis-like, built on green fruit, tasting of apple, pear, and melon flavors that are clean and vibrant. Medium-to full-bodied, ending with a citrusy and minerally edge. Drink through 2015. Wine Spectator, July 2011