Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

The Etude Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our estate vineyard at Grace Benoist Ranch, which is located in the northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Our Chardonnay vineyards have deep, well-drained cobbly clay loam soils, perfect for growing grapes of exceptional expression. The cooler maritime temperatures at Grace Benoist Ranch provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen in harmony with the vines’ physiological development.

Winemaker's Tasting Note

From six special acres in the heart of the Grace Benoist Ranch, our estate Chardonnay is iconic, representing all that is memorable about Carneros. Vibrant yet elegantly restrained, the wine is crafted as a showcase for the fruit, without malolactic fermentation and the lightest touch of oak. Aromas and flavors of classic Chardonnay signatures—including Bartlett pear and crisp green apple—are joined with lemon zest, citrus blossom and mineral notes. A solid acid backbone, with great structure and balance, are the hallmark of this wine each vintage.

About the Vintage

A pure, distinguished Chardonnay, this is rich and concentrated, yet elegantly vibrant. On the palate, our Estate Grown Chardonnay offers lemon curd, Bartlett pear, apple and citrus, but the fruit is balanced with acidity and citrus blossom notes, letting this wine be a versatile companion to food. The notable concentration of fruit comes from the low yielding selections and a subtle sur lie note adds nuance and depth.

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