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September 1, 2017
El Novillero is a special cool, windswept section at Sangiacomo Vineyard with unusual for Carneros gravelly, rocky bench land soils. Robert Young clone planted in 1993. Harvest brix 23.1. Barrel fermented and aged on its lees for 10 months in French Oak barrels, 50% new, with 100% maloactic fermentation. Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Lovely aromas of lemon, banana and other tropical fruits, creme brulee, and subtle toasty oak. Somewhat lush, seamless and seductive due to its clean and fresh character, offering flavors of lemon, Golden Delicious apple, and golden pear. There is deft oak management and a long lemon-infused finish. A connoisseur’s Chardonnay. $42
Tagged: Sonoma-Loeb, 2015 Vintage, Publication: PinotFile, Varietal: Chardonnay