Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014
/ Napa Valley
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
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.
Wine & Spirits2014 vintage
Winemaker Challenge International2014 vintage
The 2014 vintage followed the extremely dry 2013 growing season. How happy we all were to see a couple of perfectly timed, drenching storms in the spring. This crucial rain helped the canopies develop fully and gave us plenty of plant energy to ripen another solid crop. The moderate summer and fall weather helped to bring in extremely high quality grapes.
Aromas of pear, lychee, citrus zest, lightly toasted almonds, and fresh bread. On the palate the wine entry is initially filled with light custard flavors followed by citrus zest and finishing with a slight yeasty flavor.
This is a very food friendly wine and will go well with most dishes, from appetizers to soups to main courses. Serve slightly chilled to appreciate the full range of flavors. This wine will get richer and evolve for at least five years.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
ACIDITY: 6.70 g/l
AGING: Aged 10 months sur lies in 100% French oak, 30% new
points of distinction
- Grapes come from cool climate sites within Napa Valley, producing a fresh style of wine.
- Aged 10 months sur lies in 100% French oak, 30% new
- 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.”