The Silenus 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a blend of two great Napa Valley Chardonnay vineyards; Red Hen vineyard near the winery in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and the Tognetti Vineyard in Napa Carneros. The grapes were 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 mouth feel. This wine was moderately “oaked” in order to enhance the flavor profile while still showing off the expressive fruit flavors of these very special vineyards.
Welcoming notes of orange blossoms, toasty vanilla, melon and fresh pineapple greet the nose. Lovely tropical fruit with a touch of lime caress the palate with soft oak flavors of vanilla and caramel present in the background. The mouth-feel is rich with just a hint of butter. This wine is fruity and elegant while also being bold and pretty.
100% Chardonnay 76% Red Hen Vineyard, Oak Knoll District 24% Tognetti Vineyard, Napa Carneros
Harvest date: Red Hen–August 25, 2015;
Tognetti–August 28, 2015
Bottling date: August 29, 2016
Cases produced: 200
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Residual sugar: 2.9 g/L
Winemaker: Bradley Smith
2016 Denver International Wine Competition – Gold Medal