2008 'Silhouette' Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate, Hyde Vineyard, Silverado-Stanly Ranch
- Double sorted and whole cluster pressed
- 100% fermented in French oak barrels
- 100% malolactic fermentation
- Bottle unfiltered
Aged 17 months in French oak (70% new)
14.4% by volume
Silhouette is our most age-worth white wine and will develop in the bottle for the next 5-10 years.
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. We choose our very favorite lots based on superior concentration and intensity of flavor, and then we blend and age the wine for 17 months in 70% new French Oak barrels.
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.
We believe 2008 to be one of the best Silhouettes that Merryvale has ever produced. The wine has excellent intensity with vibrant aromas of fresh pear, brioche, minerals, baked apple, almond extract and lemon curd along with baking spices (nutmeg, faint cinnamon) and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is round and full with refreshing acidity that develops into a lengthy finish.