The 2013 Salexis Carneros Lake Vineyard Chardonnay was made from Napa Valley Carneros fruit grown by Beckstoffer Vineyards. In the second year of what we came to know as a drought in Northern California, we saw a 15% reduction in the crop size. This was the result of smaller berries which produce more flavorful and concentrated wines. Like the great white Burgundies that inspired it, it was barrel fermented in French oak and underwent malolactic fermentation, both with native yeast and bacteria. After the fermentations were completed, the wine was aged on the lees for 20 months. The wine offers the aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apples, Bartlett pears, citrus fruits, and toasty oak. 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 16, 2013
Harvest Analysis: 25.6 Brix, 5.46 gms/l TA, 3.53 pH
Barrel Aging: 20 months in Chateau Style French oak, Medium Plus and Heavy Toast, 66% new Francois Freres cooperage
Bottling Date: June 25, 2015
Case Production: 237 cases