This wine was produced from the great Leveroni vineyard located on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. This is year number 18 from which we have made wine from this acclaimed vineyard. The long, cool growing conditions of the Carneros produce lively apple and citrus flavors in chardonnay. This is a classic Carneros Chardonnay, crisp and bright, the flavors of pear, green apple, and honeydew melon mix with mild oak flavors and lead to a fruity yet bracing finish.
The grapes for this wine were picked at 23.3 brix then whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, inoculated with yeast, and racked to barrels for fermentation. Barrels used were 100% French, with 30% being new and 70% being a mix of 2 year old barrels from the previous vintage. After completion of fermentation the wine was inoculated with a malolactic culture, stirred weekly, and sur-lees aged 8 months. 215 cases produced.