Our estate-grown Chardonnay grapes are harvested at the peak of ripeness, this allows us to make a fruit forward and balanced wine. After harvesting, we destem and crush the grapes, then allow the skin and juice to marry their flavors before pressing 24 hours later. This skin contact results in an elegant and vibrant fruit flavor. The juice is started in stainless steel then fermented and aged in new oak barrels (French and American) to achieve an integrated vanilla-spice oak flavor that elevates the pear and apple fruit flavors. Traditional "Sur Lies" French-style yeast aging releases Champagne-like flavors of toffee and cream that emerge with the fruit and oak flavors. This labor-intensive wine is made with much love. 2021 started off warm with an early spring, followed by a long and hot summer. The weather cooled down in the last three weeks that the grapes were left on the vine. Resulting in more fresh fruit and acidity in the grapes, for a leaner and more mineral driven wine style in the French fashion.