2017 Chardonnay "Pour Rosie"


2017 Chardonnay "Pour Rosie"


“Pour Rosie” is named in homage to Rosie Rafael, a fabulous mother and the inspiration behind our Chardonnay. We hope you love it as much as we love her.


Warm weather in late winter led to an early bud break.  Unfortunately, a cold spell in May caused uneven fruit set and much lower than normal crop yields.  Continued drought left rainfall at 75% of normal.  The weather was close to ideal with sunny days and cool evenings.  Harvest started about two weeks early and allowed for picking at optimal ripeness.  Overall quality was exceptional.

Rafael Vineyard

The vineyard is located northwest of the town of Napa just within the boundary of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA. It’s a unique, highly prized hillside location with southern exposure and steep slopes that dramatically rise to well over 400 feet in elevation. Yields are low at between 2 to 3 tons per acre in the well-drained soils. Twenty five acres in plantings are primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon with a small block planted to Chardonnay. The vines are meticulously cane-pruned to optimize vine balance between vigor and yield.


The Chardonnay grapes were picked relatively early for maximum flavor, refreshing crispness and restrained alcohol, but not so early to lack body and mouthfeel.  The grapes were whole cluster pressed away from the skins and fermented slowly at cool temperature in barrel to retain varietal flavors.  Malolactic fermentation was left to its own devices. The wine was aged in neutral barrels on the lees for 10 months prior to bottling.  Lees stirring was employed during aging.

Tasting Notes

The wine is a straw color.  It exhibits vibrant aromas and flavors of pineapple, honey, peach, apple, almonds and green olive with a medium-bodied creamy texture.  Mineral notes, lemon zest, apricot and almonds make for a memorable, refreshing finish.  Drink now or age for 6-8 years. The wine is an excellent pair with food.

Technical Information

Harvest Date: August 25, 2015, Sugar: 23.4 degrees Brix, Titratable Acidity: 6.0 g/l, pH: 3.59, Alcohol: 13.5%, Cases produced: 223.

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