2018 Unoaked Chardonnay
Nectarine, fugi apple, meyer lemons, clementine, zesty and bright
The 2018 Chardonnay Estate Unoaked features faint notes of yellow apples, Bosc pears, nutmeg and lemongrass with a waft of honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, the palate is delicately flavored and refreshing with loads of very subtle apple and citrus notes and a slight creaminess on the finish. This is a wonderful option for those that love elegant, soft-spoken styles that haven't compromised on complexity.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Bouchaine’s 100-acre estate vineyard lies on the southern border of Napa Valley’s Carneros district, overlooking the San Francisco bay with the financial district in the distance. Fog, wind, and the cold night time temperatures of this unique geographical area lend a distinctive regional identity to our Chardonnay.
2018 delivered a late but incredible harvest. Beautiful weather during bloom allowed for a bounty of exceptional fruit. A cool, foggy summer with no heat events ensured slow even ripening, vibrant acidity and superb flavor development.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks, there are no additional flavors coming from secondary fermentation, oak influence, or stirring. This minimal winemaker influence has produced a minimalist Chardonnay with beautiful tension and purity of expression.