2013 Foley Johnson Handmade Chardonnay, Napa Valley
This Handmade 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay from our sister property, Kuleto Estate, is a balanced and pure expression of mountain-top Chardonnay. It has aromas of lemon meringue, brioche and a subtle hint of toasted oak. On the palate, it displays a creaminess without being heavy and a well-balanced representation of lively and rich flavors including lemon blossom and meringue.
14 months in French oak, 20% new
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa, the estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. The soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that the property is delineated into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site. Produced by guest winemaker Dave Lattin, this wine shows the clarity and structure typical of its warm climate origins.
Like vintage 2012, vintage 2013 was ‘perfect’ by nearly all grape-growing standards in that yields were slightly above average, the weather was evenly warm, and fruit moved toward ideal ripeness without the fits and starts of the preceding two vintages. This produced wines with tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth. If you’re wondering if we in the Napa Valley ever tire of ‘perfect’ vintages, the answer is “not at all”.
Only 185 cases produced