The Silenus 2021 Chardonnay is grown in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Materra Vineyard. The Materra Vineyard near the Napa River consistently produces complex and balanced wines that fully showcase the unique Oak Knoll terroir of cool morning fog and mild mid-day temperatures which allow for the longest hang-time and flavor development in the Napa Valley.
The grapes were harvested at the peak of ripeness and gently whole-cluster pressed. After settling for two days, the juice was moved to French oak barrels, 30% new, for fermentation. The wine was aged “sur lie” or on the lees for a full 10 months to build complexity and mouth-feel. The barrel aging provided an elegant layer of oak flavor underlying the vibrant fruit flavors. The resulting wine has a fresh, bright fruit profile with a pleasant, rich viscosity.
Our 2021 Chardonnay nose opens with honeydew melon, lemon verbena and a hint of green apple. The palate is bright and crisp with hints of lemon zest, Asian pear and subtle, spicey oak. Its juicy acidity is balanced by its round texture leading to a touch of apricot and great minerality. Rich, layered and a smooth finish.
Enjoy this wine with a simple French-style roasted chicken and a light salad.
100% Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Harvest date: August 30, 2021 Bottling date: July 7, 2022 Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Residual sugar: 1.8 g/L Alcohol: 14.5%
James Suckling – 92 Points