2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay Toyon Vineyard
At Duckhorn Vineyards, we have been making wine using grapes from the finest Napa Valley vineyards for over 35 years. Building on this rich history, our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from the coolest regions. In the cellar, we applied classic techniques of French oak barrel fermentation with lees stirring, resulting in a Chardonnay that balances the complexity and richness of Napa Valley.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons), 100% Barrel-fermented, 100% New oak 10 months sur lie
This is a lovely Chardonnay with warm, inviting aromas of Bosc pear, white peach, honeyed phyllo, marshmallow and cedar. On the palate, layers of Meyer lemon, honeydew and panna cotta are accentuated by a silky texture and rich oak, with bright acidity framing a long, luxurious finish.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.