2011 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 win
- Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
100% Main Ranch
- September 29-October 1
- 9 months (36% new) French
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2011 got off to a late start with a cool and wet spring. A surprise rain in our typically dry June was followed by a more seasonable, but cooler summer. We were delighted by a very warm and dry September. October was a roller-coaster with some rains early on and then, thankfully, dry and warm north winds provided the finishing touch for the later varieties. Crop yield was noticeably smaller.
Selected from a special block on our Main Ranch, this beautifully complex wine is rich with aromas of smoky oak, tropical fruit, ripe pear and citrus. In the mouth, the classic Trefethen brightness is framed by a very full body resulting from the time spent sur lie.
Enjoy this elegant Chardonnay with macadamia nut crusted halibut, roasted salmon, lobster or richer seafood pastas.
EXCEPTIONAL (v. 2009)
“An amazingly complete wine that displays the faint tropical and dried citrus notes of a younger wine with the depth of bottle age (3 1/2 years). A trace of oak adds nuanced complexity.”
Dan Berger Vintage Experiences
92 Points (v. 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