2002 Darioush Signature Chardonnay * Napa Valley

Ripe, rich & full with lovely layers of Fuji apple, Asian pear, melon and fig. A hint of cinnamon spice and hazelnut round out the elegant finish. 940 cases produced

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Ripe, rich & full with lovely layers of Fuji apple, Asian pear, melon and fig. A hint of cinnamon spice and hazelnut round out the elegant finish. 940 cases produced

Release Date:Spring 2004
The 2001 Growing Season:The The 2002 harvest was early, lighter in quantity and of very high quality. These lower yields and the long even growing season allowed the fruit to gain more concentrated flavors. The cool fall weather that followed helped the grapes develop balanced flavors and full varietal maturity. Harvest started earlier than is typical.
Vineyard Location:

100% Napa Valley.

Varietal Composition:100% Chardonnay
Brix @ Harvest: 24.5
Alcohol:14.0%
Cooperage:100% French Oak from Burgundy, France Francoise Ferre, Sirugue, Damy - Medium toast
Vinification:Whole cluster pressing to small barrels for primary fermentation. Topped when dry and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Aged sur-lies for 11 months and bottled without fining or filtration.
Food Affinities:Roasted poultry and white meats - Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Veal Chop and Pork Loin. A lovely accompaniment to soft cheeses, shellfish and mildly spiced dishes.
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 elegant finish. 940 cases produced.

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