2008 Chardonnay, Carneros
Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate, Silverado-Stanly Ranch, Hyde Vineyard
- Hand sorted, whole-cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented
8 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 spent 8 months in French Oak (42% new), with the first seven months on primary lees, and is stirred monthly until blending.
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.
Our 2008 Carneros Chardonnay is concentrated and intense in style. Aromas of hazelnut, ripe Bartlett Pear, tropical fruits and red apple are framed by crisp minerality and sweet toasty oak. The wine is rich, full-bodied and creamy with a lingering finish.