2019 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay Homestead Block, Napa Valley
Putting together our Estate Chardonnay blend each year is an absolute joy because of all of the pieces of the puzzle that we get to play with. Since most of the barrels were native ferments, some allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and others partially or not at all, and barrels aged from brand new to 5 years old, each barrel followed its own journey to completion. After multiple surveys of our Chardonnay barrels, 20 were chosen to make up our “Estate” blend. We were looking for those whose aromas were typical to the property without being extreme, and whose mouthfeels were balanced with a certain amount of delicacy. In essence, we’re making our “Estate” blend to be as versatile as possible with food.
100% Estate Chardonnay
10 months in French oak, 25% new
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa our estate features 781 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property 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. For winemaker Gio Verdejo, there is a mutual understanding that all but a small percentage of the winemaker’s work is done in the vineyard. Keeping the vineyard’s serpentine twists and exposures in mind, the best-suited varietals for each block have been selected. Working with the land, not against it, the individually terraced lots are not oriented to one central direction, but instead are planted to maximize the benefits of their natural location.