Chardonnay 1.5L 2015
$90 / Magnum (1.5L)
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Chardonnay was our first international success, helping to put not only Trefethen, but Napa Valley on the map. Defined in the vineyard and refined in the cellar, this wine reflects the cool climate of our estate in the Oak Knoll District, showcasing our signature characteristics of brightness and balance.
With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom, impacting fruit set and resulting in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from the lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. Warm weather during the summer kept the vines running early, right into one of our earliest harvests ever. The resulting wines are fantastic as the smaller grapes and fine weather contributed to ideal ripeness with very concentrated flavors.
The nose opens with bursts of orange blossoms and hints of lemon cream pie. The palate is full yet bright, offering a pleasant viscosity and subtle notes of kiwi. The clean finish adds an exclamation point with elegance.
The perfect balance of body and acidity makes this an ideal food wine. It will shine with light dishes featuring shellfish, grilled fish, and chicken or pasta with spring vegetables. Fresh tarragon as an accent herb works quite well.
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