Delectable aromas of Meyer lemon, orange peel, fresh baked brioche, green apple and tropical undertones of guava and papaya entangle with honeycomb and subtle oak hints of vanilla and nutmeg with this ripe Chardonnay which lingers with depth and weight. This wine engages the palate with elegant textures of bright, citrusy flavors of lemon and lime zest.
Brassfield Estate grown Chardonnay is produced from a unique block in High Serenity Ranch vineyard, situated in a west facing box canyon on the valley floor. We have just enough Chardonnay vines hidden throughout one of our Pinot Noir blocks to produce a limited number of cases. The soil in this block is comprised of ancient lakeshore and is one of the coolest in Lake County due to the marine breeze that funnels down the canyon throughout the spring and summer months. The lower temperatures on the valley floor allow for diurnal temperature swings of more than forty degrees, enhancing flavor development while the retaining a crisp acidity in the fruit.
These Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked and gently pressed whole cluster into a stainless-steel tank. After settling, the juice was transferred to 75% new French Oak and fermented in barrel. After 10 months of sur lie aging in our caves with a quarterly bâtonnage to enhance mouthfeel and complexity, this wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.