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2012 Celani Family Vineyards Grand Reserve Chardonnay

Chardonnay, the world’s favorite dry white wine, tastes of fruit and then the fruitwood behind it. It is a balance somewhere between apple and oak, the brown barrel growing golden with wine. One of the most regal of all the white wines, it can still seem so much a part of the earth it comes from – an overgrown orchard’s abandoned arbors, lost empty vineyards’ wild ungathered grapes.

2012 Celani Family Vineyards Grand Reserve Chardonnay
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 0

Vineyard Notes:
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.

Production Notes:
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.

Winemaker Notes:
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

875 cases

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