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Beautiful aromas of baked Fuji apples, lemon custard and white flowers. On the palate the wine opens up with toasty brioche, hazelnut and baking spice, with a lush finish that is balanced with acidity and a rich creaminess. Enjoy this Chardonnay with creamy cheeses, vegetable risotto or grilled halibut.
It has been said that Chardonnay show the hand of the winemaker more than other varietals. Our winemaker, Greg Morthole, believes there is some truth in that, but also believes the best vineyard sites yield fruit that distinctively express the characteristics of their location. Greg's signature is embedded in each vintage as he blends his favorite blocks and clones from our River West Vineyard. The end result is a delicious Chardonnay that shows characteristics of its origins derived from careful and deliberate winemaking choices which highlight our best lots of Chardonnay.
Winemaking is light handed, with timely and deliberate choices made to craft a wine that genuinely reflects the vineyard and vintage. We like River West to show balance and restraint, rather than influencing it too much with winemaking decisions. It was fermented with native yeasts, and native malolactic in French oak barrels, 60% of which were two to four years old. The smaller percentage of new French oak plus the sur lie aging and monthly bâtonnage helped to round out the mouthfeel and coat the bright acidity, which is a hallmark of our favorite style of Chardonnay.
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