Carneros, Napa Valley, California
Chardonnay is grown in the coolest and southernmost part of the Truchard Estate Vineyard. The vines range from 25 – 45 years old and benefit from the various marine soils, gently sloped terrain, and cooler temperatures – conditions that make the Carneros region ideal for growing Chardonnay. They produce aromatic wines with tropical fruit characteristics and a unique spicy element.
All of the fruit was whole cluster pressed. This technique produces a full-bodied wine with delicate structure. Our Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in French oak (33% new) using various yeast strains. After fermentation the wine remains in barrel on the lees (sur lie) for 10 months. A partial malolactic fermentation (30% complete) allows the wine to retain its natural acidity, while regular stirring of the lees (battonage) gives added complexity and richness.