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. Hendry vineyard sits in a transitional climate zone within the Napa Valley between the cooler Carneros region, known for chardonnay and pinot noir, and the rest of the valley, which is slightly warmer. 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 clone), Block 20 (Dijon 95 clone), and Block 21 (Old Wente selection). In 2010, median budbreak in the chardonnay blocks was March 18th, median bloom May 26th, and harvest was September 3rd - 10th.
It was whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented sur lie and agedin 33% to 50% new French oak barrels for 11 months. It was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation, important for retaining its food-friendly malic acidity.
Soft, floral aromas, creamy and tropical. Mouthfeel is soft, full and fruity, finishing with pronounced tangy green apple acidity. Beautifully integrated oak a nice counterpoint to the pretty fruit. One-third new French barrels contribute underlying spice characteristics. Balanced and smooth enough to be an exceptionally versatile food wine. A delicious partner to Manchego cheese, crab cakes, chicken and salmon.
1288 cases produced