Block 3 | Clone 95, Oak Knoll District
This 2018 Corley Chardonnay from Block 3 has seductive ripe aromas of guava, mango, and pineapple interlaced with fresher citrus aromas of lemon zest and meringue. There is a nice stony tone from the concrete fermentation vessel we used and a richer element of vanilla and toast from the barrels. On the palate, the wine is both rich and refreshing. While it is rich on the palate it is framed with an elegant acidity and a light citrus finish.
Oak Knoll District
Monticello Vineyard Block III | Clone 95
14 months - 40% New French Oak, 40% Concrete, 10% Acacia Barrel
Wine Profile & Ratings
The 2018 vintage represents another year of phenomenal quality wines from our vineyards and across Napa Valley. The near-perfect 2018 growing season started a little later than typical, saw ideal weather conditions through a mild and moderate summer. The steady and moderate growing season allowed the fruit to develop slowly and steadily, with lower sugar accumulation at ripeness and maintain nice acidity.
This 2018 Chardonnay was certainly a fun vintage to work with. We employed two primary pressing techniques. First was to Destem, Crush, and Skin Soak to extract more aroma and texture from the skins. Second, we Whole Cluster Pressed for vibrancy and freshness on the palate. These two juices were fermented in a combination of French Oak Barrels, Acacia Barrels, and Concrete to further expand the complexities on the palate. All of these lots were fermented on Wild Yeast and underwent natural Malolactic Fermentation.