Emblem Chardonnay

Carneros, California

Tasting Notes

Fresh firm stone fruits of nectarine, and yellow cherry mingle with vibrant crisp tropical notes that together grace the pallet upon the initial greeting. As the wine settles in the mouth, sensations of fresh apricots and undertones of smooth toffee evolve while the acidity and minerality of the vineyard site manifest into a tantalizing tanginess across the entire pallet, leaving ones mouth watering. The pleasant contract between ripeness and mature fruit with crisp acid compliment and develop an alluring and slightly seductive nature to the soul of the wine.

Another drought year pushed the Chardonnay to have smaller more intense berries and clusters. While the vintage was dry, the coastal and foggy climate of this vineyard location provided ambient humidity and water absorptions through the leaves. A lovely hang-time provided exceptional fruit development and the cold nights preserved the acidity while warm days amplified the unique fruit attributes of this wine. The growing conditions were wonderful and although a little more rain would have been ideal during the winter the overall growing season was comfortable and welcome.

Whole clusters of fruit are crushed prior to a 24 hour cold soak. Fermentation takes place in oak barrels that are kept at a cool temperature to control the fermentation process. The barrels are stirred once a week to continuously keep the lees in contact with all the juice, creating that wonderful mouthfeel we all love about the Emblem Chardonnay. The wine is aged for 10 months prior to bottling for your enjoyment.

100% Chardonnay 7g/l total acidity 3.45 pH 14.5% alc. by vol. 500 Cases produced

To create Emblem Chardonnay, we sourced grapes from the Carneros region located along the low-lying hills of the Mayacamasrange as it descends underneath San Francisco Bay. The region is moderately cool and windy with marked influences from nearby San Pablo Bay, making it the coolest and windiest AVA in both Napa and Sonoma, with early morning fog as a persistent feature.

Tasting Notes

Deep concentrated flavors of toasted hazelnut & vanilla balanced by bright, crisp apple and vibrant acidity.

Despite the lack of rain during the spring, Napa Valley had an excellent growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather, with a few large heat spikes and plenty of cool and foggy nights, ripened grapes to perfection. The Chardonnay is the beneficiary of the cool coastal influence and seems unaffected by the heat in the Upper Napa Valley.

Whole clusters of fruit are crushed prior to a 24 hour cold soak. Fermentation takes place in oak barrels that are kept at a cool temperature to control the fermentation process. The barrels are stirred once a week to continuously keep the lees in contact with all the juice, creating that wonderful mouthfeel we all love about the Emblem Chardonnay. The wine is aged for 10 months prior to bottling for your enjoyment.

100% Chardonnay 6.40 g/l total acidity 3.50 pH 13.8% alc. by vol. 150 Cases produced

To create Emblem Chardonnay, we sourced grapes from the Carneros region located along the low-lying hills of the Mayacamas range as it descends underneath San Francisco Bay. The region is moderately cool and windy with marked influences from nearby San Pablo Bay, making it the coolest and windiest AVA in both Napa and Sonoma, with early morning fog as a persistent feature.

90

points

2015 Emblem Chardonnay
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2017

"A full-bodied, fleshy expression of the variety, this wine opens in aromas of toasted marshmallow and caramel, the oak impressive and memorable. From there it offers a wealth of baked apple and pear, finding its footing along a lush, richly defined path."

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86

points

2014 Emblem Chardonnay
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2015

"The 2014 Emblem Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay from Carneros) is aged in one-third new oak and is a pleasant, straightforward, somewhat monolithic style of Chardonnay that didn't prove inspiring or terribly interesting. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years."

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