Working with cool-climate fruit, Landon Donley achieves a Napa Valley Chardonnay that is more traditional in style with balanced acidity, minimal oak and non-malolactic fermentation to highlight a full range of varietal fruit expression taking inspiration from the coastal Chardonnays of Sonoma County.
The grapes for this Chardonnay are sourced from three blocks from our estate Vista Montone vineyard, located just east of Carneros. In addition, we source fruit from the Frasamani Vineyard in the southernmost part of Carneros owned and farmed by wine industry veteran, Frank Cabral.
Every step of the winemaking process is designed to heighten the natural aromatics, fruit expression and mouthfeel of our Chardonnay: each lot of fruit is individually chilled, then whole-cluster pressed over two hours with 23 check ins to isolate exactly the press of juice we want.
With its expressive flavors and restrained oak presence, this Chardonnay offers the balance, structure and complexity to make it a perfect white wine option to go with food or enjoyed on its own.
Suggested pairings: pan-seared scallops, butternut squash ravioli and mushroom and mozzarella pizza.