Merryvale Chardonnay - 2018

Grown primarily on the Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros with some select lots from the Hyde and Bayview Vineyards blended in. These vineyards’ proximity to the San Pablo Bay keeps them at a cool temperature and brings cool climate characteristics to the wine, most notably a crisp freshness. 100% barrel fermented with wild yeasts with native malolactic fermentation until dry. The wine spent 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels.

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Pairing Suggestions: Seafoods, mild cheeses, light salads.

Tasting Notes: Pale straw yellow in the glass, our 2018 Carneros Chardonnay bursts with aromas of lemon curd, pineapple, and light toast. A classic example of what Carneros fruit can offer, the wine is simultaneously layered and complex while alive with freshness and vibrancy. Barrel fermentation in 70% neutral French oak provides a medium richness while the natural acidity shines through. The structure and slight salinity are reminiscent of White Burgundy, and will complement a wide range of foods and feelings.

ABV: 13.9%