2018 Trinchero Napa Valley Veras Vineyard, Unoaked Chardonnay
October 3, 2018
The 2018 Vera’s Unoaked Chardonnay appeals with a straw yellow color and inviting aromas of white flowers, honey crisp apple and white peaches. Clean and refreshing, this wine has a medium body, a lively, bright palate and clean, crisp, firm acidity. Vibrant flavors of stone fruit and lemon zest give way to a velvety, oily finish completing on a mineral note.
Southern Napa, like its neighbor, Carneros, is open to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, so grapes grown here ripen slowly, developing concentrated flavors. Vera’s vineyard, named to honor Vera Trinchero-Torres has a cool micro- climate and chalky soils ideal for producing classic fruit focused Chardonnay.
The 2018 vintage was one for the books. Abundant rains early on after the new year bundled with plenty of sunshine in the spring and early summer presented ideal conditions for these Chardonnay grapes. Bud break occurred slightly later than last year, though under favorable weather conditions resulting in even fruit set. A mild summer enabling for longer hang time lead up to harvest closing out the coolest growing season Napa Valley has seen since 2012.