2018 Saddleback Cellars Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California
Saddleback Cellars was established in 1976 in the heart of the Napa Valley by Nils Venge. Nils is universally regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of the Napa Valley wine industry. With its signature balance, lighter body and silky-smooth finish, Saddleback's Napa Valley Chardonnay pleases wine lovers like no other. Aromatic and lively in the glass, the nose hints at passionfruit and nectarine with light oaky vanilla. On the palate, a rush of stone fruit is tempered by toast, leather and minerality. This wine is aromatic and lively.
100% Chardonnay. The 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay is 50% Oakville Estate; 24% Ruhl Vineyard in Carneros; 15% Swanson Vineyard, Oakville; 8% Truchard Vineyard, Carneros, and 3% Star Vineyard, Rutherford. After whole-cluster pressing and cold settling, the juice was racked into small stainless steel fermenters. Wine was then racked into French oak barrels, of which 45% were new. The wine remained aged sur-lees for a period of nine months during which it was stirred every 10 days. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation.