Facts of Note
Aged further in stainless steel tank for 2 months prior to bottling
52% aged in horizontal foudre for 11 months, then aged in 60 gallon barrels for additional lees contact
First Single Vineyard pick of the 2018 vintage
Planted in 2008, El Diablo Vineyard has an average elevation of 500 feet. This tightly spaced vineyard encourages competition between the vines for a fixed amount of nutrients, resulting in reduced yields and exemplary quality.
Minimal cellar intervention and impressive terroir combine to create a wine that is both opulent and elegant. Crafted from the famed Montrachet and Robert Young clones, this is one of the finest Chardonnays we have ever produced, combining remarkable tension and length with an almost weightless sense of richness. In the winery, we aged 52% of the wine for 11 months in large-format foudres before transferring it to 60-gallon French oak barrels to impart a leesy richness. The result is as delicious as it is complex, with riveting layers of lychee, lemon zest, brioche, honeycomb, apple blossom, and crème brulée.
Nose: Complex. Lychee nut, honeycomb, and crème brûlée with freshly baked brioche and apple blossoms.
Mouth: Superbly textural, with fresh lemon zest, and tension between vivacity and richness.