Our Winery Lake Vineyard Estate Chardonnay captures the distinctive minerality of grapes grown in this famous Los Carneros vineyard. The wine’s lush aromas and flavors are filled with White Lady peach, apricot, jasmine flower and mineral character. Toasty oak spices and crème brûlée nuances from barrel fermentation and sur lie aging add interest to the opulent fruit, floral and mineral expression. This wine has a lovely silky-creamy texture with bright, balanced acidity.
Our 2011 Winery Lake Vineyard Estate Chardonnay beautifully balances rich, opulent character with focused minerality and bright acidity from the cool growing season. The delicate White Lady peach, ripe melon, apricot, d’Anjou pear and jasmine flower notes allow the terroir-driven mineral and floral character to be especially expressive in this vintage. Toasty hazelnut nuances from new oak barrels add richness to the aromas and flavors before turning to vanilla tones on the crème brûlée finish.
90 Points - Rich and layered, offering ripe fig, apricot, melon and creamy oak notes. This is full-bodied yet elegant and graceful, ending with a kiss of butterscotch." – JL The Wine Spectator.
The Russian River Valley, with its well-drained soils, coupled with warm days and cool, foggy nights, provide ideal conditions for growing Chardonnay grapes. Our Orogeny Chardonnay shows the lushness and crystalline brightness typical of Russian River Valley’s cool climate. Tropical peach-mango overtones are balanced with bright lemon flavors. Great balance and freshness make this a food-friendly wine.
Creamy, complex nuances from barrel fermentation with native yeast complement the opulent fruit character of our Chardonnay. The aromas and flavors brim with ripe d’Anjou pear, golden apple, Meyer lemon, honey and pineapple-guava notes from old Chardonnay vines. The wine’s crisp, balanced acidity and richly textured palate create the perfect framework for the lush fruit flavors. Crème brûlée and spice nuances from malolactic fermentation and French oak barrels lace the aromas and flavors and then gently linger on the harmonious finish.