Our chardonnay vineyard is a bona fide outlier, residing at the far northwest corner of our estate property. The soil in this truly wild west vineyard is a dense gray clay, thick enough to pull your shoe off your foot should you venture out when it’s damp. At four acres it typically yields a mere two tons maximum per acre. The fruit extracts from the clay soil a terrifically complex minerality that sets the resulting wine apart from typical Napa Valley chardonnay offerings.
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard source: Brown Estate
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel aging: Barrel fermented — 25% new French oak
Eye: Yellow diamond.
Nose: Honeysuckle, star jasmine, pineapple upsidedown cake with secondary notes of lychee and candied dried citrus. Hints of lemon verbena, flowering sage mix, pear, and guava, followed by subtle brine.
Palate: Round, full, silky, and seamless on the palate with ultrafine tannins and a lengthy finish.
Cellar life: Drink now through 2028.