2017 Altvs Chardonnay, Napa Valley
This 2017 Altvs Chardonnay is beautifully balanced with a profile that is sophisticated and nuanced. Aromas of apple and pear are followed by integrated oak notes. This is a result of the small-berried clones of Chardonnay and the skin soaking method employed prior to fermentation. The palate is feminine in character, with delicate and elegant notes of apple, lemon meringue and a kiss of vanilla. The contribution of the grape skins is further evident in the rich and oily mouthfeel that gives the impression of great weight despite its modest alcohol.
100% Napa Valley Chardonnay
16 months in 25% new French Oak
The fruit for our 2017 Altvs Chardonnay was sourced from Kuleto Estate, which sits high above the Napa Valley on a ridge that looks directly across Pritchard Hill. 2017 growing season was fantastic. The hot summer months pushed the fruit to maturity quicker than in previous seasons, but a few weeks of cold weather stalled ripening. We picked the fruit sooner than the rest of the valley generally speaking, and before the wine country fires hit. The fruit entered the winery in high quality and with exceptional profiles.
100% Kuleto Estate Vineyard