Tasting Notes: The nose shows upfront aromas ripe pear, dried apricot and honeysuckle. Crisp acidity and chalky minerality mingle with tropical and citrus fruit flavors in the long finish.
Romance Copy: The fruit for our 2014 Mélange is a blend of five distinct clones grown at Gold Vineyard and neighboring Panner-Hanson Vineyard. The fruit was hand harvested and placed in harvest bins and immediately transported to our estate winery where the clusters were hand sorted so that our winemaker could begin the art of limited input winemaking.
Fermentation began naturally by the native yeasts provided by nature in the vineyard and our Chardonnay was aged sur lie (on the lees) in a blend of 100% neutral French oak and stainless steel. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed each week. 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.