2013 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.
100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons)
100% French oak
60% new oak, 40% second vintage
Barrel aging 10 months
This is a lush and inviting Chardonnay with layered aromas of nectarine, peach blossom, butterscotch and marshmallow. On the rich, silky palate, elegant oak and good acidity underscore flavors of pear and stone fruit, carrying the wine to a lengthy finish with notes of marmalade and toasted hazelnuts.
The 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent with all of our Estate fruit in the winery by October 10th. A warm dry spring brought an early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. In the weeks after Labor Day, a moderate heat event followed by a period of perfect weather created a dream scenario for end-of-season ripening. Rain was not a factor, and for the second vintage in a row, the quality of the grapes was exceptional throughout Napa Valley.