2015 Terroir Coquerel Chardonnay
Past fans of our style Chardonnays will love the 2015. Like its predecessors, it offers great intensity balanced by firm acid and low pH. The bouquet brings together peach, pear, grilled almonds and a hint of flint (minerality). The palate is both creamy and firm. This is not your typical Napa Chardonnay. Instead it is an elegant, well proportioned wine that should age gracefully over the next few years.
VINEYARD + WINEMAKING
Our 2015 Chardonnay came from a relatively cool site in the Coombsville AVA of eastern Napa. Most of the wine was fermented in French oak barrels (25% new) with the remainder in stainless steel barrels. To retain acidity we did not allow the wine to go through malolactic fermentation. Weekly batonnage for seven months added creaminess to the mid-palate. The wine was bottled in July 2016.
2015 was another challenging growing season; the vineyard was beset with a low rainfall for the fourth year in the row with a majority of the precipitation occurring in December 2014 and February 2015. The bud break of the vines was early but the canopy growth was slow due to the drought. We harvested by hand in the early morning of September 4th in the early morning under cool conditions to preserve the freshness of the fruit.