Vineyard: Our Estate Grown Morning Fog Chardonnay is named for the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay, and lured inland by Livermore Valley’s unique East-West orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay. Planted on various Wente clones, which are all harvested and vinified separately, the variation within the vineyards adds to the complexity of the wine.
Winemaking Fermentation: 50% barrel fermented in neutral American oak barrels. 50% fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: Barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 5 months. Bâtonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. Stainless steel portion was half aged on lees for 5 months while the other half was racked clean to preserve the fresh fruit characters.
Food Pairings: Grilled shrimp tacos, pasta primavera and grilled corn.
Tasting Notes: Bursts with aromatics from citrus, lemon curd, pear and toasty oak. This wine is balanced by hints of vanilla and citrus on the palate, finishing with a nice acidity.