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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2009 Harmony Chardonnay

This Chardonnay features a special section of our estate vineyard known as Katie’s Acre. Replanted in 2005, the block includes four different clones of Chardonnay including two recent imports from France and two selections with a long heritage in California. First the French, clone “809” has incredible floral aromas and clone “76” has long enjoyed favor in Burgundy. We hand selected the California budwood from Larry Hyde’s vineyard in Carneros, which traces its heritage back to the original Wente plantings. We actually used to have almost entirely “Wente” Chardonnay in the 1970’s. The combination of these clones and some thoughtful winemaking has produced a beautiful wine.

Vintage

  • 2009

Varietal

  • 100% Chardonnay

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 8-October 23

Oak

  • 8 months (34% new) French

Alcohol

  • 14.1%

Bottled

  • July 2010


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The Vintage

2009 was an excellent, even-keeled vintage in Napa Valley. Consistently mild weather throughout the growing and harvest seasons resulted in stress-free vines, long grape hang time and fruit with finely developed flavors at lower-than-normal sugar levels.

The Wine

Pineapple, peach and stone fruit are center stage in the flavor profile of this limited production wine. It is bright and spicy on the palate with lingering aromas of cut apple, gardenia and tarragon. It is very lush, bright and dense without being buttery.

Food Affinities

Enjoy this elegant Chardonnay with macadamia nut crusted halibut, roasted salmon, lobster or richer seafood pastas.

Accolades

92 Points vintage 2008
“Achieving great loveliness in its rich and balanced blend of ripe apples, creme brûlée oakiness and seamlessly laid on enlivening acids… this wine has both depth and manners.”
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

 
Vintages  2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
 



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