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VINE CLIFF-Proprietress Chardonnay SV

Only 2,500 bottles produced, representing the top ten percent of our Chardonnay production, the Proprietress Reserve has a creamy texture, with moderate acidity for balance. This wine was barrel fermented and aged on it lees 10 months in 60% new French oak. From a single vineyard in the Vine Cliff Los Carneros Estate, Proprietress Reserve is fermented and aged in a larger percentage of new French oak barrels than our other Chardonnays. Combined with regular stirring of the lees, this produces vibrant fruit aromas and flavors as well as vanilla, brown sugar and toasty oak nuances. Because of our demanding requirements, we do not produce this wine every year but only in outstanding vintages, this is our go-to choice for special friends and special occasions. On the nose complex, sweet Meyer lemon and nectarine, with hints of caramel and toasty vanilla. The palate boasts with fresh citrus flavors with layers of fig, red apple, creamy oak, and vanilla, leading to a harmonious, supple and long finish. Great on its own or with shellfish and roast chicken.

Year - 2013

Score - 91 points Wine Spectator