2007 Chardonnay, Carneros
Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate, Hyde Vineyard, Silverado-Stanly Ranch
- Hand sorted, whole-cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented
14 months in French Oak (42% new)
14.5% by volume
Three years from release to reach maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.
Sourced from our estate vineyard at Stanly Ranch, with a small amount from Hyde Vineyard and Silverado Stanly Ranch, the fruit for our signature Chardonnay is carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. The wine spends 14 months in French Oak (42% new), with the first seven months on primary lees, and is stirred monthly until blending.
The 2007 vintage was one of the best in recent memory. After a normal bud break, the valley experienced mild weather through the growing season with a slightly cooler summer and warm September. This climate resulted in slow, even ripening with a crop just slightly smaller than normal, and the highly desired small berry size. Winemakers across the valley are very excited about the 2007 vintage.
Our 2007 Carneros Chardonnay is concentrated and intense in style. Aromas of hazelnut, tropical fruit and ripe apple are framed by crisp minerality and sweet toasty oak. The wine is rich and creamy with a lingering finish. Our favorite pairing is cracked lobster with drawn butter and fresh lemon.