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Chappellet Grower Collection Chardonnay, Calesa Vineyard 2018

Exposed to the fog and wind that funnel through the Petaluma Gap, Calesa Vineyard is a cool-climate vineyard where Chardonnay ripens slowly, developing pure, vibrant flavors and ideal acidity. Farmed by acclaimed grower Oscar Renteria in shallow, gravelly loam soils, the prized hillside vineyard blocks at Calesa feature several exceptional clones of Chardonnay. In addition to producing naturally low yields, this diversity of clonal material results in a complex and layered wine with beautiful notes of citrus, tropical fruit and spice.

The 2018 vintage delivered ideal growing conditions that were reminiscent of the exceptional 2012 and 2016 vintages. Perfectly timed spring rains saturated the soils, and were followed by moderate weather, with almost no days of heat above 100° F throughout the summer. Because the phenomenal growing conditions yielded a larger-than-average crop, they were taking extra care of the vineyard and did up to four thinning passes between June and August, aggressively dropping fruit to fine-tune the crop load. The temperate conditions continued late into the season, providing abundant hangtime, and ensuring ideal flavor development and the retention of excellent natural acidity. As a result, the 2018 wines offer beautiful color, concentration and weight, with lovely varietal purity, and an underlying terroir inspired complexity.

Seamlessly balancing lovely textural richness with finely tuned acidity, this radiant Chardonnay offers alluring aromatics of tropical flowers, guava, orange zest, and quince, with underlying hints of crème fraiche and sweet baking spices adding nuance and poise. 38% new French oak help create a  palate with flavors of bright citrus and mango that glide across a supple, creamy texture, with the acidity providing lift and focus to a long, high-toned fruit finish.

The 2018 vintage delivered ideal growing conditions that were reminiscent of the exceptional 2012 and 2016 vintages. Perfectly timed spring rains saturated the soils, and were followed by moderate weather, with almost no days of heat above 100° F throughout the summer. Because the phenomenal growing conditions yielded a larger-than-average crop, they were taking extra care of the vineyard and did up to four thinning passes between June and August, aggressively dropping fruit to fine-tune the crop load. The temperate conditions continued late into the season, providing abundant hangtime, and ensuring ideal flavor development and the retention of excellent natural acidity. As a result, the 2018 wines offer beautiful color, concentration and weight, with lovely varietal purity, and an underlying terroir inspired complexity.

Seamlessly balancing lovely textural richness with finely tuned acidity, this radiant Chardonnay offers alluring aromatics of tropical flowers, guava, orange zest, and quince, with underlying hints of crème fraiche and sweet baking spices adding nuance and poise. 38% new French oak help create a  palate with flavors of bright citrus and mango that glide across a supple, creamy texture, with the acidity providing lift and focus to a long, high-toned fruit finish.

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