2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay Toyon Vineyard
This Chardonnay comes from a prized block of Toyon Vineyard in the northeast corner of Carneros. Protected from the wind and with a south-facing exposure, Toyon is a relatively warm site, where light clay soils produce small clusters of flavorful berries. In the cellar, we applied classic techniques of French Oak barrel fermentation with lees stirring, resulting in a lush and complex wine, with mouthfilling texture and abundant citrus and stone fruit flavors.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons), 100% Barrel-fermented, 100% French oak, 60% new oak, 40% neutral
This multifaceted Chardonnay displays alluring aromas of pink lady apple, linden blossom and rose water. On the entry, it is rich and silky, with layered flavors of Bosc pear, Meyer lemon and apple, along with a lovey streak of minerality. Seamless French oak provides weight and definition, subtly framing the fruit while adding length to the finish.
Here in Napa Valley, the 2014 growing season delivered our third exceptional vintage in a row, yielding wines with ideal concentration, elegant tannins and lovely varietal flavors. Though the 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record, heavy rains in February and March provided the vines much-needed moisture at just the right time. A warm spring triggered an early budbreak, and perfect weather throughout the summer allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness with pure, focused flavors and resolved tannins. Harvest began on August 5th and ended on October 15th, and though it was quite compact, we were able to pick all of our grapes based solely on flavor, resulting in another fantastic vintage.