The 2012 Salexis Carneros Lake Vineyard Chardonnay was made in the style of the great white Burgundies of Chassagne Montrachet. Inspired by wine tasted there, this Chardonnay is a departure from most California Chardonnays. Made from Napa Valley Carneros fruit, it has been barrel fermented in French oak and undergone malolactic fermentation, both with native yeast and bacteria. Produced from one of the smallest Chardonnay crops in recent years, this wine was aged on the lees for 20 months. The wine offers the aromas and flavors of pineapple, apples, pears, lemon zest, and toasty. Well balanced with crisp acidity, this Chardonnay should continue to develop for 5 to 8 years in the bottle.
Blend Composition: 100.00% Chardonnay Clones #76 and #95
Harvest Dates: September 29, 2012
Harvest Analysis: 24.7 Brix, 5.9 gms/l TA, 3.38 pH
Barrel Aging: 20 months in Chateau Style French oak, Medium Plus and Heavy Toast, 66% new Francois Freres cooperage
Bottling Date: July 12, 2014
Case Production: 212 cases