2015 Vera's Vineyard, Chardonnay
Southern Napa, like its neighbor, Carneros, is open to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, so grapes grown here ripen slowly, developing concentrated flavors. Vera’s vineyard, named to honor Vera Trinchero-Torres has a cool micro climate and chalky soils ideal for producing classic fruit focused Chardonnay.
Universally speaking, 2015 produced lower yields but excellent quality and concentration. Due in part to the drought, but more so an extended period of cool weather during the bloom period in May and June, our grape clusters were on the light side and our berries stayed smaller with thicker skins. The consistently warm summer lead to slightly earlier-than-normal ripening on the valley floor and high-stress conditions in our mountain vineyards. The resulting wines are beautifully fruity and focused with terrific acidity.
“There’s a first time for everything: The inaugural vintage of our Vera’s Vineyard chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel and aged for 6 months in neutral French oak barrels, without any malolactic fermentation. The aromas that greet the nose are those of a bowl of fresh fruit with hints of melon, white peach and citrus blossom inviting you in to discover more. Fruit flavors pass to the palate along with flavors of golden apple and nectarines where moderate acidity provides the backbone for a full and round structure. The subtle barrel ageing provide an almost oily viscosity that allows the flavors to linger on the palate for quite some time resulting in a long, soft finish. “
(Oct 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM)
When visiting Trinchero's newly remodeled tasting room and being greeted with a glass of Vera's Vineyard Chardonnay with a group of friends, we all immediately fell in love with this wine! I'll be clear in stating that most of us work in the Napa Valley and in the hospitality industry and we are fortunate to drink some of the best wine the area has to offer. Vera's Vineyard tops my list of favorite Chardonnay's and the experience at TFE was first class.