Our single vineyard River West Chardonnay gains its structure from its bright citrusy acidity, a defining characteristic that we temper with fermentation in French oak barrels, 100% malolactic fermentation, and sur-lie aging with plenty of bâtonnage.
Tasting notes: Aromas of baked apple and pears, pineapple, lemon and white flowers. On the palate the wine opens up with toasty brioche and baking spices, with a lush finish that is balanced with acidity and a rich creaminess. Enjoy this Chardonnay with creamy cheeses, vegetable raviolis or grilled veal chops and mushrooms.
Vineyard: It has been said that Chardonnay shows the hand of the winemaker more than other varietals. Our winemaker, Greg Morthole, believes there is some truth in that, but also believes the best vineyard sites yield fruit that distinctively express the characteristics of their location. Greg’s signature is embedded in each vintage as he blends his favorite blocks and clones from our River West Vineyard. The end result is a Chardonnay that is delicious and shows characteristics of its origins derived from careful and deliberate winemaking choices which highlight the best lots of Chardonnay.