The Silenus 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay was harvested at the peak of ripeness and gently whole- cluster pressed. After settling for two days the juice was moved to oak barrels for fermentation. During the first six months the lees were stirred twice a month to build complexity and mouthfeel. The wine was aged for 11 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral oak.
The nose has elegant aromas of tropical fruit, pear and toasted almonds. The palate is rich with fresh pineapple, mandarin orange, caramel and cream with underlying flavors of toasted oak. The finish is long and pretty with continued hints of peach and vanilla.
v 100% Matthiasson Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
Harvest date: September 9, 2012
Bottling date: August 7, 2013
Cases produced: 188
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.51 g/L
Residual sugar: 0.7 g/L
Winemaker: Bradley Smith