The Hendry Vineyard is located on bench lands west of the town of Napa.
The vines grow on thin stony Boomer series soils between 200 and 300 feet
above sea level. Morning fog and afternoon breezes from the San Pablo
Bay moderate the climate.
This wine is a blend from our Block 9 (KD Selection), Block 19 (Dijon 96),
Block 20 (Dijon 95), and Block 21 (Old Wente Selection). In 2009, median
budbreak in the chardonnay blocks was March 20th, median bloom May
15th, and harvest was between August 26th through 31st. Vintage
conditions were relatively dry, with almost no rainfall after February.
It was whole-cluster crushed, barrel fermented sur lie and aged in 33% new
French oak barrels for approximately 11 months. It was not allowed to go
through malolactic fermentation, which is very important for retaining its
food-friendly malic acidity.
Fresh, fruity and creamy on the nose, with aromas of apples, mango and
fresh pineapple. Mouthfeel is soft, full and fruity. Beautifully integrated
oak is a nice counterpoint to the pretty fruit. One third new French Cadus
barrels contribute a faint underlying spice characteristic. Balanced and
smooth enough to be an exceptionally versatile food wine. Try with
Manchego cheese, smoked or grilled salmon, or a lemon-and-garlic roast
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