Grapes for the 2015 V Collection Chardonnay were selected mostly from Mueller and Bartolucci vineyards in Carneros. Located in the southwestern portion of Napa Valley, these vineyards are level sites with characteristics typical of the region; thin clay soils, frequent wind and significant cloud cover. These vineyards offer ideal conditions for Chardonnay, giving the fruit an extended ripening period and creating greater complexity in the resulting wine.
The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring, which resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Overall, the vintage was defined by lower yields and high quality fruit.
“This bright, inviting wine showcases aromas of fresh Fuji apples, caramel and crème fraiche, framed by hints of hazelnut. It is unmistakably Chardonnay, with its refreshing acidity and complex flavors of baked apple, ripe pear, lemon curd and caramel toast, accented by grilled pineapple and floral notes. A round, mouth-coating texture complements the well-integrated oak and crisp lime peel on the finish.” —Joe Shirley