The grapes for St. Francis Sonoma County Buttery Chardonnay come from the warmers vineyards in Sonoma County, giving this wine tropical aromas. This Chardonnay has lower acidity with more new oak elements for added creaminess.
2021 harvest was earlier than usual, with a slightly lighter yield than average. Despite this, the crop experienced near perfect growing conditions. The warmer growing season allowed for this crop to have intense flavor profiles creating an excellent vintage.
Rich and creamy on the palate, displaying intense aromatics of preserved lemon, baked apples, baking spices and vanilla.
Pairs well with poultry or rich seafood dishes, like lobster. Also great as a complement to cheese or paired with creamy, buttery sauces.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
AGING: 7 months 100% French oak, 50% new Oak
Unique Selling Points
100% Sonoma County fruit, selected from warmer climates
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More extensive malolactic fermentation – approximately 75%-85%
“I’m proud of each of these St. Francis Chardonnays and how they refl¬ect the versatility our Sonoma wine regions have to offer. The fruit for St. Francis Buttery Chardonnay comes from warmer areas of Sonoma County giving this wine more tropical aromas, which I’ve complemented with more new oak to increase the creaminess on the palate.”
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.