Chimney Rock Elevage Blanc Napa Valley 2008
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, our Elevage Blanc has revolutionized the world of white wines with its age-worthiness and balanced richness.
Aromas of peach, citrus, vanilla and that beautiful floral note which comes from the Sauvignon Gris are punctuated with light caramel and a slight nutty aroma. As always this wine has richness in the palate which is unmistakably Elevage Blanc. The mouthfeel is striking with a delightfully long rich finish. The bright acidity is in perfect balance with the texture of the wine.
Crafted from our 8 acre vineyard on Mee Lane in Rutherford both our Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris were planted in 2002. These vines from well drained soils, have produced extraordinary fruit from an early age and have earned us recognition in the creation of this wine of texture and ageability.
The 2008 vintage brought us some early frost challenges but a beautiful warm growing season. Consequently the yields were low and the quality extraordinary. This was the warmest vintage of the decade second only to 2004. In contrast to the 2007 wines, there is a slightly more elegant structure and, though the wines have beautiful aromatics, this vintage carries with it more nuance and less flash.
||This wine is aged on lees for 5 months in combination French oak and stainless barrels.
||This wine is barrel fermented in a combination of new French oak, used French oak and stainless steel barrels. The wine is also allowed to go through malolactic fermentation while aging on the lees.