Napa Valley Chardonnay
/ Napa Valley
Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay is made in a bright, clean style, emphasizing varietal expression and balance. The Chardonnay grapes come from the renowned Napa Valley, primarily its Carneros district, where the long, cool growing season allows fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. The grapes are hand harvested at night into shallow bins, then hand sorted and whole-cluster pressed. The juice is inoculated with white Burgundy yeast strains in stainless steel tanks, then quickly transferred to French oak barrels with periodic stirring of the lees for extra complexity and finesse. To preserve the fresh acidity of the wine, Sequoia Grove never permits malolactic fermentation in its Chardonnay.
Tasting Panel2017 vintage
Ultimate Wine Challenge2016 vintage
Very pale gold in color, this classic Chardonnay is the ideal balance of Old World restraint with California sunshine. The aromas and flavors are delicate, with citrus, floral and mineral notes on a wine of fresh acidity and medium body.
This is a very food-friendly wine and will go well with most dishes, from appetizers to soups to main courses. Try it with a just-picked spring lettuce and fresh herb salad, or with a mature, delicate brie cheese.
points of distinction
- Grapes come from cool climate sites within Napa Valley, producing a fresh style of wine.
- Ages 8 months on lees in French oak barrels for added complexity
- No malolactic fermentation is allowed, to preserve fresh, bright acidity in the wine.
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
– Molly Hill, Winemaker
“Temperature and time are the two most significant winemaking tools.”