94 Points / Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast – August 2015 – EXTREMELY LIMITED
Tasting Notes by Paul Gregutt / Wine Enthusiast: Refined, sleek and supple, this wine mixes trim fruit flavors of apple and papaya, firmly supported by medium-strength acids. There’s a streak of baking spices, and a finish laden with buttered nuts, all in proportion, with nothing dominant. In short, this is a super-long, exceptional wine.
Romance Copy: The fruit for our 2013 Capriccio Chardonnay was grown on the Estate near the Tasting Room and is a blend of Robert Young 17, Dijon 76 and Wente 72. The fruit was hand harvested, hand sorted and placed in our harvest bins, which were promptly covered to protect the fruit and immediately transported to the winery where the clusters were hand sorted again in preparation for the limited input winemaking process.
Fermentation began naturally by the native yeasts provided by the vineyard and our Chardonnay was aged sur lie (on the lees) for seven months in a blend of new and neutral French oak barrels. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed weekly. These old world, artisanal winemaking techniques add a dimension of creaminess, texture and complexity to the mouthfeel while maintaining the wonderful aromas and flavors of the fruit.