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Waterstone Wines Carneros Chardonnay

Carneros 2014

The 2014 harvest arrived early and with a bang; our first grapes arrived a few days prior to the South Napa Earthquake. The growing season was marked by “near perfect” weather, following a winter with half of the normal rainfall. With one of the driest years on record, the vines yielded smaller berries with good flavor concentration. Overall yields were above average, but below the large crops of the prior two harvests; quality is high, with good depth of flavor.

The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were grown in the Carneros region, where soils are dense, shallow, of low to moderate fertility, and high in clay content. While the soils lead to low yields, the region’s maritime climate allows a longer growing season; the end result is balanced color, flavor and acidity in the harvested grapes. This Chardonnay is produced from the Truchard Vineyard in northeastern Carneros; this vineyard is under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage.

After whole-cluster pressing, our Chardonnay juice was barrel-fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lie for 4 months. During this period, the barrels were frequently stirred to increase yeast contact and add richness; a third of the wine underwent secondary malo-lactic fermentation. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes
This Chardonnay features bright, concentrated citrus, pear, green apple and nectarine fruit, with nicely balanced oak adding richness to the palate. The wine lingers on the palate, and has the structure and acidity to provide for good longevity.

Press & Acclaim
91 points - 2013 Vintage
"This is a floral, zesty and vibrant white wine, given six months in French oak, half of it new. With a complex hit of briny salt and citrus, it flirts between layers of savory and sweet, finding just the right balance of structure and acidity."
-Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2016 Download PDF

90 points - 2013 Vintage
"Bright and juicy with racy acidity and creamy tropical fruit; fresh and showing vanilla and toasty oak; fresh, dense and balanced."
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, September 2015 Download PDF

93 points - 2011 Vintage
"Waterstone uses selective sourcing of grapes from Napa Valley growers to make its wines. This has a fruit-driven nose of lemon curd, touches of cantaloupe melon and rich butterscotch. It's tangy and fresh, leading to creamier notes, yet retaining real vitality."
- Decanter, August 2013 Download PDF

Technical Data:
• Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
• Appellation: Carneros
• Alcohol: 13.7%
• TA: 0.63 g/100ml
• pH: 3.52
• Oak Aging: 4 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 1-2 yr-old
• Bottling Date: June 22, 2015
• Production: 1,054 cases

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