Below the Western Yountville Bench of the Mayacamas mountains, East of and adjacent to the town of Yountville, Trio Vineyard has been immaculately farmed by the Nord family for decades. Its rich, dark soils and mid-valley climate are ideal for growing a Dijon clone Chardonnay with a robust flavor profile. We source fruit from this vineyard for our Napa Valley Chardonnay.
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.
The 2022 Chardonnay is a bright straw yellow color with aromas of lemon verbena and hint of green apple and spice. The palate is bright, crisp with hints of Asian pear, emerald drop pluot, and a hint of spicy oak. The juicy acidity is balanced by its round texture with a bit of creamy apricot. Rich, layered and smooth finish complete this wine.
Enjoy this wine with a simple French-style roasted chicken and a light salad.
100% Chardonnay from Trio C Vineyard Napa Valley
Harvest date: September 8, 2022
Bottling date: July 12, 2023
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 7.22 g/L