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2007 'Silhouette' Chardonnay, Napa Valley

BLEND
100% Chardonnay

VINEYARDS
Stanly Ranch (Estate), Hyde Vineyard, Silverado-Stanly Ranch

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Double sorted and whole cluster pressed
  • 100% fermented in French Oak Barrels
  • 100% malolactic fermentation
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
Aged 17 months in French oak (70% new)

ALCOHOL
14.9% by volume

CELLARING
Silhouette is our most age-worth white wine and will develop in the bottle for the next 5-10 years.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Winemaking
Silhouette is Merryvale’s limited production, top white wine and contains the best of the best Napa Valley and Carneros Chardonnay fruit, including grapes from our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard and the famed Hyde Vineyard. Our favorite lots are chosen for their concentration of flavor and elegance then blended and aged for 17 months in 70% new French Oak barrels.

Vintage
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.

Tasting Notes
Our 07 Silhouette has elegant aromas of fresh pear, minerals, baked apple, almond and lemon curd along with exotic spices, including cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is broad, but with excellent focus and refreshing acidity and follows through with a very long, clean finish.

Our favorite pairings include broiled lobster with drawn butter and a selection of your favorite caviar.