Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay is hand-harvested in the cool morning hours. Upon arrival at the winery, the Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed to tank and racked with all lees to barrel to begin native fermentation. The wine finishes primary fermentation in 100% French oak barrels, with one third in new French oak. The Chardonnay is then aged for 10 months on the lees where it undergoes bâtonnage (lees stirring) every two weeks until malolactic finishes completing the full natural process of the wine.

Nearly half of this Napa Valley Chardonnay is sourced from Haire Vineyard in Carneros. Haire has 30-year-old Wente and Robert Young clones planted specifically for Sequoia Grove. The other half is Dijon clones 95 and 96 from Cunat vineyard in Oak Knoll District. The combination of these clones and vineyard sources creates complexity in the finished wine.

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2022 vintage
91 Points
2022 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2022 vintage is one of exceptional quality. The early months were very dry followed by a cool spring making crop loads slightly smaller than average. A hot summer would propell the vintage to one of the most condensed with one of the earliest starts and finishes for the winery. The 2022 harvest is a rich vintage of lush fruit and great complexity.
Tasting Note
Medium-bodied and focused with flavors of tangerine and pear, wet stone, lemon oil and a long, refreshing finish of mineral and bright acidity.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.52
ACIDITY: 1.6 g/l
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: Aged 10 months sur lie in French Oak, 33% New
Unique Selling Points
  • Grapes come from cool climate sites within Napa Valley, producing a fresh style of wine.
  • Ages 10 months on lees in French oak barrels for added complexity
  • Limited malolactic fermentation to bring balance and richness

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.
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