AROMAS & FLAVORS
The Zoula Nunn Chardonnay has intense aromas of freshly baked vanilla wafer with a slight nuance of toasted coconut that intrigues the senses from the first swirl of the glass. This is a decadent chardonnay with rich notes of dried honeysuckle flowers, crème brûlée, and caramelized sugar. The texture is hearty and opulent, pairing beautifully with a protein or fava bean ravioli in a brown butter sauce.
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING
This Chardonnay comes from a beautiful south-facing hillside climbs from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The vineyard features 59 individual microblocks delineated by terroir, soil type, elevation, grade and exposure to the maritime winds off the Pacific Ocean. The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed and transferred to tank after harvest. Regular stirring of the lees imparted additional viscosity and complexity. The wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak barrels, 60% of which were new.
The 2019 vintage began with a long, cool growing season staging us for a later than normal start date to harvest. We had some intense Labor Day heat which pushed the vines to maturation. The disease pressure was low and quality was good across the board. Harvest wrapped up on October 23 with mother nature delivering us a roller coaster of a season, but with it, a nuance and diversity of fruit expression unique to this vintage.