The 2014 Skywalker Chardonnay excites with its beautiful, light straw color and effusive aromas of ripe green apples, white pears and warm toast. The palate has firm acidity from Marin’s cool summers which supports the weighty and layered texture from the barrel fermentation. Allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to naturally reduce acidity, this adds additional roundness and excitement to the mid-palate and finish.
2014 was one of the warmest and driest years on record. The effects of four years of drought along with warm days and cooler evenings significantly reduced yield. However, the quality of the fruit was exceptional. With no rain, the harvest was extended to early October, allowing the seed to fully mature and flavors to develop.
12 months in French oak (30% new)