Knights Bridge West Block Chardonnay

Vintage: 2011
Variety: Chardonnay
Appellation: Knights Valley
Vineyard: Knights Bridge Vineyard

Our Estate Chardonnay is planted on alluvial soils in the bench land of Knights Valley. The West Block sits in the path of steady cooling winds funneled through a gap in the Mayacamas mountains and enjoys moderating afternoon shade. The fruit ripens slowly and steadily with rich, nuanced character.

We harvested the twenty-year-old vines in the early hours of September 30 , 2011. Winemaker Jeff Ames cold-pressed the berries and allowed them to settle in tank for 24 hours. The juice was transferred to 100% new French oak–a combination of Francois Frere, Saury, and Remond barrels–where it underwent both native primary and malolactic fermentations. The wine was aged with weekly lees stirring for 17 months before being bottled unfined and un filtered on March 8 of 2013.

This 100% Chardonnay possesses a profound balance and wholeness. The vintage o ers the opulence and energy of a vintage like 2007 while maintaining a refreshing brightness.

The resulting pro le is complete and delicious with aromas of sweet cream, spiced pear, and honeysuckle that sail on through the supple palate that crescendos into a wash of citrus and stone. The complexity and balance of this wine make it an excellent match with a variety of dishes. We especially recommend grilled wild salmon with pear lemon beurre blanc.

445 cases produced

Price $65 per 750 ml bottle

Knights Bridge West Block Chardonnay