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Ancien Wines

2018 Ancien Carneros Chardonnay

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A structured and complex style of Chardonnay, beautiful texture and length finishing with mouthwatering minerality. Our Chardonnay owes it style, depth, and structure to intensely flavored, low yielding, heirloom clones grown at the Toyon Farm on the Napa side of Carneros. We hand-selected the cuttings ourselves, from older vineyards in the Carneros area.

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Region

Carneros, Napa Valley, CA

Varietals

Chardonnay

Notes of ripe apple and honeydew melon greet and are delicately perfumed by notes of freesia and citrus blossom. Brighter notes of lime and Meyer lemon match the refreshing acidity of this wine, balanced by a creamy palate and leading to a finish that continues to lengthen as the wine opens up.

 A versatile wine with richness and liveliness to enjoy alone or pair with scallops, seafood, cream sauces.

More about the wine

We aspire to guide our Chardonnay toward a layered, complex, and expressive style that develops gracefully in the bottle and shows enticing minerality, vivacious fruit, length and structure. For us, the watchword is balance. We pressed the grapes as whole clusters, settled and fermented entirely in French oak from four different coopers, chosen for their unique synergies and complementing the lush fruit on the palate. One third of the barrels were new. We use a variety of yeasts, including native strains, with fermentation proceeding evenly and slowly - averaging a cool 55°F. The wine was aged on its yeast lees, which were stirred weekly through the spring. 538 cases produced.

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