The fabulous 2015 vintage even surpassed the 2014 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest—fostering intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines— crowned the vintage.
To achieve the balance of fresh fruit expression, silky texture and sumptuous complexity, we fermented 65 percent of the Chardonnay juice in oak barrels and cold fermented 35 percent in tanks. The wine completed malolactic fermentation to round the acidity and add hints of crème brûlée to the lingering finish. All of the wine was stirred (bâtonnage) during six months of aging on the yeast (sur lie) to integrate flavors and enhance silkiness.