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District Series 2018

Chardonnay

Oak Knoll District
Napa Valley
$28.00 CLUB

Honey drenched pears, roasted banana and caramel provide decadence to this toasty wine. Golden apple flavors are layered with hints of lemon over a decided buttery, richness. The toasty, vanilla oak is deliciously long but remains balanced and food friendly. Pairing with crab cakes on a silky carrot purée or pan-fried scallops on a fresh pea succotash would be amazing.

Markham District Series Chardonnay

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

Summer 2020

Alcohol %

14.50%

Acid

0.53 g/100 mls

pH

3.53

Varietal Composition

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation

100% Barrel Fermented
100% Malolactic

Aging

10 Mo. French Oak (40% New)
16 Barrels Produced

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & WINERY certified
  • 100% Estate Grown — Little Cannon Vineyard
  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
  • Robert Young & Clone 4
  • Harvested 9/20/18
  • 25.2°Brix @ Harvest

 

This is the flamboyant style of Chardonnay for which Napa Valley is known. It is both rich & creamy, while maintaining an ability to be food friendly. We think it’s the BOMB!

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • The 2018 vintage was textbook “normal”, but this vintage was preordained.
  • Grape vines set their crop in the record rainfall of Spring 2016, much like fruit trees.
  • Vines stored away nutrients to produce heavy yields in all varietals.
  • Care was taken to fine tune crop loads to maintain intensity in the fruit.
  • Veraison was three weeks behind schedule, followed by a cool summer.
  • After brief rains, Fall heat ushered in harvest.