The 2012 Chardonnay is sourced from two Napa vineyards; a warmer site close to the Celani Estate in Yountville and a cooler climate site in Carneros. The 2012 growing season was one of the best years seen in 20+ years. The near perfect weather conditions produced some amazing fruit.
After harvesting, grapes were whole-cluster pressed, and fermented in 40% new French oak barrels and aged sur-lees for 11 months. The non-new oak portion was aged and fermented in a concrete egg-shaped vessel. Maloactic fermentation was stopped in order to retain as much of the grape's natural acidity as possible.
The 2012 Chardonnay is very expressive in the glass, where varietal character is conveyed through aromas of lemony curd, honeysuckle, fresh-cut granny smith apple, creamy pineapple, pear and grilled nuts. The entry is seamless with plush chardonnay flavors, oily and concentrated with a citrusy crispness. The 2012 Celani Chardonnay will drink beautifully over the next 10 years. Mark Herold ~ Winemaker