Grapes for our 2013 CROZE Chardonnay came from Simone Vineyard, a ten acre parcel In Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District, which yields 20 - 25 tons of fruit. This is one of the few remaining mid-valley Chardonnay vineyards. It is owned and farmed by Jim Simpson, a truly gifted grower of grapes as well as fine vegetables for Napa Valley's premier restaurants.
This is a sweet spot for Chardonnay which benefits from the "chimney effect" of San Pablo Bay. Like the French Mistrals of France's Burgundy region, the cool breezes and morning fog provide a cooler climate, ideal for these tender grapes.
These grapes were harvested in September, 2013. The juice was barrel fermented and then aged In French oak for 11 months. This wine was fermented sur lie, no malo-lactic inoculation (ML). This style of winemaking allows for rich complexity, but maintains the vibrant acidity of the wine. One barrel with a small amount of botrytis, was sterile filtered and combined with the other barrels to add complexity to the wine.