Rombauer Vineyards (375 ml) 2019 Chardonnay, Carneros
Item Number: 14354
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Los Carneros
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Rombauer Vineyards began producing Chardonnay in 1982. In 1990, the Rombauer family made their first Chardonnay from the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys. There, the cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for growing superior Chardonnay with the Rombauer hallmarks – intense fruit flavors balanced by fresh acidity.
Vineyard Notes: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations.
Vintage Notes: Heavy rains in March and April replenished reservoirs and led to healthy vine growth. Weather during the summer and fall was moderate, and Chardonnay harvest finished on October 16th. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. Wine was aged for 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new). The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture.
Tasting Notes: Pale light yellow with a green hue. Aromas of ripe peach, honeydew, and lemon rind intertwine seamlessly with vanilla and spice. The aromas are followed by flavors of lychee and yellow peach which meld perfectly with the cream texture, vanilla and slight butter. The finish builds with more peach and spice, while the acidity maintains the freshness and structure. The wine will continue to gain weight and depth over the next 12 months, revealing additional notes of nectarine, butter and spice.