1998 SHV Chardonnay

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A typical palest straw color announces this Chardonnay from our youngest vines. It has an appealing pineapple, tropical fruit nose which is typical of the Davis clone which makes up one third of the SHV blend, the other two-thirds coming from our youngest Wente clone vines. It has a fruity, juicy taste to it, like the sensation of eating ripe honeydew melon. It has, in spite of being 100% Chardonnay grapes, a quality reminiscent of Sancerre fruit, a little austere and minerally. This is a fresh, tart, fruity wine with a good finish. When serving it, think of pairing it with fried calamari with a lemon mustard dressing.

1998 SHV Chardonnay

Tech Details

Farming: dry-farmed Age of Vines: 5 to 15 years
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Grapes: 100% grown at Stony Hill Harvest Date: 9/22/99
Fermentation Time: 2 weeks in 5 to 25-year-old French and American oak barrels Fermentation Temp: 60 degrees
Aging Time: 6 months in aged oak barrels Filtering: Filtered to inhibit malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date: 3/26/99 Total Acidity: .71%
Residual Sugar: dry Alcohol: 13%
Aging Potential: 5 years Production: 420 cases
Release Date: 9/7/99