2014 HRW Screen Porch White
The Hendry Vineyard is located on bench lands west of the town of Napa. The vines grow on thin stony soils between 200 and 300 feet above sea level. Morning fog and afternoon breezes from the San Pablo Bay (the extreme northern end of the San Francisco Bay) moderate the climate, giving us warm days and cooler nights throughout the growing season.
This brand new HRW white wine is a blend from our Block 9, Block 19, Block 20 and Block 21 Chardonnays, and Pinot Gris from Blocks 1 and 27. The fruit from these blocks is whole-cluster crushed and fermented entirely in stainless steel at a cold temperature. Both wines were protected from oxygen exposure in order to keep the fruit flavors fresh and bright. In the tank, it was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and remained in stainless steel until bottling with a screw-cap closure.
Crisp and fruity, with peach, tangy lime and nectarine on the palate. Appealing citrus and apricot finish. Pinot Gris adds brightness and lift to the Chardonnay’s depth and rounder palate. We would serve this versatile, appealing white wine by itself on the porch on a sunny afternoon, in a hammock, a grilled peach salad with feta, chicken and avocado salad with lime and cilantro, or poached or grilled fresh white fish. The wine most likely to find itself chilling in an ice bath on a warm afternoon.