2006 CALI 351 Napa Valley Chardonnay
The fruit for this wine was grown in the volcanic soils of an east-facing hillside vineyard 1,200 feet above Calistoga. Harvested to half-ton bins, the Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed and cold-settled. The clarified juice was fermented in tanks and barrels. Once fermentation was completed, the barrel fermented portion was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation. Both types of lots remained on light lees for 11 months of aging before being blended and bottled.
Aromas of kefir lime and lemon custard are followed by notes of pineapple and Asian pear. The palate is both bright and lively with a mineral acidity. The texture is round and smooth, and the finish yields a hint of honeysuckle.
September 27, 2006
TA (g/L): 6.0
Technical Wine Notes:
Barrel fermented/New Oak: 78%/23%
Tank Fermented: 22% MLF: 78%
Alc %v/v: 14.1%
TA: 5.5 g/L
RS: 0.6 g/L
9L Cases Produced: 1,034