2003 Darioush Signature Chardonnay * Napa Valley

Abundant with flavors of crisp green apple, fresh melon and Asian pear. Vivid, rich layers of crème brulée and shades of vanilla along with a hint of hazelnut open to a subtle core of bright citrus fruits. This Burgundian style Chardonnay displays the mineral character that the vineyard brings to the fruit. Enjoyable now, this wine will continue to develop over the next few years. 883 cases produced.

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Release Date: January 2005
The 2003 Growing Season: Early spring rains, warm summer and late autumn heat contributed to producing a vintage of tremendous concentration and intensity of flavors. Overall a remarkable growing year yielding wines with great depth and complexity.
Vineyard Location:

100% Napa Valley.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Brix @ Harvest: 25.7°
Alcohol: 14.9%
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
Cooper: François Frères, Sirugue & Damy
Medium Toast
Vinification: Whole berry clusters pressed to small French Oak barrels for primary fermentation. Topped when dry and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Aged 11 months sur-lies with bi-monthly batonage. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Food Affinities: A lovely accompaniment to soft cheeses, seared Scallops, grilled Chilean Seabass, poached Salmon and spit-roasted Pork Tenderloin.
Winemaker's Comments: Ripe, rich & full with lovely layers of Fuji apple, Asian pear, melon and fig. A hint of cinnamon spice and hazelnut round out the long elegant finish expressing a slight minerality and balanced acidity.
883 cases produced.

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