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2015 Altvs Chardonnay, Napa Valley

2015 Altvs Chardonnay, Napa Valley

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SKU: 005227

Loaded with honey, dried papaya, and pineapple aromas. This is a rich wine  with juicy acidity. Our style emphasizes balance, fruit purity and intensity.

Winemaker Notes
The 2013 Altvs Chardonnay is loaded with honey, dried papaya, and pineapple aromas. With a bit of air, aromas of sweet hay, flint, and steel emerge. This is a rich wine due to the small-berried clones of the variety used, and it never feels clumsy or heavy due to the juicy acidity. Because of a bit of tannin in the wine, it is a Chardonnay that is best enjoyed between at 10-15 degrees below ambient temperature.
100% Napa Valley Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
August 30, September 4-5, 2013
7.0 g/L
15 months in 67% new French Oak; Francois Freres
Bottling Date
December 2014
Alcohol %
Production Notes
Fruit for the 2013 Altvs Chardonnay was sourced from Kuleto Estate, which sits high above the Napa Valley on a ridge that looks directly across at Pritchard Hill from the East. Small batches of three old California Chardonnay ‘clones’ (Wente, Robert Young, and Spring Mountain) and one newer French clone (809) were harvested over three days. Two of the batches were crushed back onto their stems to soak for several hours to pick up maximum flavor intensity and a bit of tannin, while the third was whole-cluster pressed for maximum freshness. All were barrel fermented with native yeasts and the malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed in the two skin-soaked lots.
Only 283 cases produced

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