Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2017
September 7 - October 6, 2017
8 months, 24% new oak (99% French, 1% American)
Grapes for the 2017 Napa Cellars Chardonnay were selected from vineyards in renowned Chardonnay locations including south Napa Valley, Oak Knoll and Carneros. The proximity of these vineyards to the fog and breeze from San Francisco and Marin Bay creates a cooler climate, which is ideal for growing Chardonnay. These coastal effects also allow for a longer growing season, giving the fruit more time on the vine and helping produce energetic acidity and flavorful fruit.
The 2017 growing season offered superlative growing conditions with abundant rain at the beginning of the year. Harvest brought lower yields with fruit of excellent quality.
The Napa Cellars 2017 Chardonnay displays classic Napa Valley Chardonnay characteristics indicative of this region. Aromas of baked apple, ripe Bosc pear, crème brûlée and lemon curd excite the senses. A soft mouthfeel supports flavors of green apple flavors with orange zest and almond pastry balanced with late, crisp acidity pulling together this well balanced, full-bodied Chardonnay. This is the perfect wine to pair with a Camembert French cheese plate drizzled with local honey and almond halves, or with panna cotta topped with fresh berries for dessert.
At Napa Cellars, the Chardonnay grapes are carefully hand-picked, harvested and crushed. The wine is then fermented and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay is then aged for eight months in French oak barrels, 24% new.