O'Shaughnessy Oakville Chardonnay 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
The Oakville Chardonnay has garnered many fans far and wide. We are always tickled by the glowing reviews of this wine and are so happy that Betty asked to have Chardonnay planted at the Oakville estate. Winemaker Sean Capiaux planted this vineyard with close spacing and low yields in mind and selected four different clones to work with to maximize complexity from this special location. We believe it to be one of the last Chardonnay vineyards in Oakville. We make this wine in a non-malolactic style and ferment and sur lie age the wine for eleven months in 31% new French oak barrels, 23% neutral French oak barrels, 26% concrete, and 20% stainless steel barrels. The resulting wine is radiant yellow with notes of mandarin orange, white peach, and beeswax. On the palate you are greeted with lemon zest and toasted brioche followed by flavors of summer melon, pear, and a long viscous finish.
The 2019 Chardonnay is absolutely gorgeous. Pretty scents of lemon confit and white flowers grace this silky, wonderfully nuanced wine from Betty O'Shaughnessy's Oakville ranch. Light tropical notes add character and an exotic flair that is so enticing.