2015 Reserve Chardonnay
The 2015 Reserve Chardonnay is a rich elegant wine showing both its cool climate pedigree and the advantage that great sites have on Chardonnay. To protect our production of the Carly’s Cuvee, we had pulled in Chardonnay from several vineyards in Napa and one old vine Chardonnay vineyard (Johnson) in Dry Creek. 2015 was an early year with some warm weather at the end, and acids dropped off quickly. Because of this, we did not put the wine through malolactic fermentation, choosing to preserve the individual character of the vineyards instead. The wine was barrel fermented with Montrachet yeast and then stayed in barrel for 10 months, with battonage every 2 weeks to increase depth and texture.