Beaulieu Vineyard was among the first wineries to create world-class Chardonnay from the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The rich, shallow Carneros soils and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay are perfectly suited to create exceptional Chardonnay wines. Our winemaker carries forward this tradition of excellence by crafting our Reserve Chardonnay, which displays vibrant citrus and apple while soft oak tones add complexity to the lingering finish.
Our 2018 Carneros Chardonnay offers lovely bright citrus aromas with fresh lemon crème, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and subtle hints of brioche and butter. On the palate there are layers of creamy lemon curd, candied lemon peel, crisp green apple with a kiss of white pepper spice. The oak shows nuances of graham cracker crust and is a pleasant backdrop supporting the core of crisp acidity and fruit underpinning the overall round and mouth-watering complexity of the wine, leading to a long, dry, clean, refreshing finish. The inviting aromas, flavors, creamy texture and persistent acidity show a well-integrated wine that is incredibly food friendly pairing with all of your favorite meals.
The Napa Valley region enjoyed a stunning, near picture-perfect 2018 growing season including good winter rains, mild spring weather and steady temperatures throughout that allowed for even flowering and bud break. These ideal growing conditions were followed by a cool, even and slow-paced harvest which allowed the winery to vinify wines at a gentle pace. The resulting 2018 wines are of very high quality with lower alcohol, concentrated flavors, color and excellent acidity.
We selected most of the grapes from our Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 8 as well as some specific parcels from Ranch No. 9, where the vines, grafted to Dijon clones 95, 76 and Robert Young clone, yield small, intensely flavored berries. These Chardonnay vineyards are located in the cool, windy Los Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) at the southernmost tip of Napa Valley. The region’s shallow clay loam soils and marine-influenced climate foster ripe, beautifully balanced Chardonnay expression.
We harvested the Chardonnay grapes into small bins at night and rushed them to our winery. After gently pressing the whole clusters, we barrel fermented thirty percent of the wine in small oak barrels to add layers of flavor and texture complexity, while the remaining blend was fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once in barrel, stirring the lees (yeast) during the 10 months of aging enhanced the silky mouthfeel, and integrated creamy nuances from partial malolactic fermentation.
Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Trevor Durling, presides as only the fifth winemaker in the winery’s 119-year history. A native Californian, Trevor was raised in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country. With a love of agriculture, science and cuisine, Trevor pursued his studies at the University of California Davis in the Viticulture and Enology program. As winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, Trevor incorporates his passion for creating fine wines, while preserving the heritage and legacy of Beaulieu Vineyard.
|Oak Treatment||100% barrel-fermented in French oak (20% new). Barrel aged sur lie for 10 months; 50% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation|