Grapes for the 2014 V Collection Chardonnay were selected from Mueller and Cabral vineyards in Carneros. Located in the southwestern portion of Napa Valley, the vineyards are level sites featuring characteristics typical of the region: thin clay soils, frequent wind and significant cloud cover. These select vineyards offer ideal conditions for Chardonnay, delivering an extended ripening period and creating greater complexity in the resulting wine.
The 2014 growing season was another remarkable vintage for all varieties across Napa Valley. Exposure to late fall rain was largely avoided, thanks to one of the earliest harvests on record in the region. Although much of the fruit had already been picked by late August, a significant earthquake struck Napa on August 24, leaving growers and vintners with some unexpected twists during harvest season.
After harvest, the fruit was gently de-stemmed and pressed. Fermentation was followed by 11 months of aging in 100% French oak (33% new).