Winemaker's Tasting Notes
“A delight to behold with it's pretty golden hue and beautiful bright clarity, this wine introduces itself with sweet lemon blossom and creamy biscotti. The Carneros roots of this wine show up in full force here with classic tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple and hints of guava blooming in the mouth. This wine has a full, rich profile and as it moves through the palate there is a touch of pistachio and creamy vanilla. Approaching the finish, the richness and complexity of the nose and mouth continue, with the wine concluding gracefully with the flavors of warm butterscotch and a whisper of minerality surrounding a round, lush and weighty finish.” – Winemakers Anne Vawter & Jennifer Rue
Appearance medium gold
Aromas tangerine, lemon curd, spiced poached pineapple, toasted coconut, butterscotch, mustard seed
Palate papaya, lemon creme brulee, macadamia nut, rich with clean minerality and balanced acidity
Food Pairing Suggestions
Pair this Chardonnay with classic traditional Thanksgiving dishes including creamy sauces, butternut squash soup, sausage stuffing, roast turkey, cranberry strudel, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.
Carneros, Napa Valley, CA
Clone: Wente, Robert Young & Dijon
Why wait, enjoy it now with your Thanksgiving holiday meal.
About The Vineyard
“Because many of our Hoopes fans love Chardonnay too, we set out to produce a wine that would complement our vision of Cabernet Sauvignon: a wine that blends our old-world approach to production and farming, with a true sense of Napa terroir. Although we have Chardonnay vineyards in Yountville, Anne and Jennifer felt that some of the most interesting terroir for Chardonnay comes from Carneros, and they had a vineyard in mind.
Jen has been working with Genny’s Vineyard for several vintages, and believes it is one of the most exceptional vineyards that she has worked with. Genny’s Vineyard has been farmed by a local family for decades, and is named after the family’s maternal grandmother.
Carneros is a very difficult area to farm, but provides some interesting characteristics in the area terroir. It is a cooler area, with maritime influences from the San Pablo Bay, so it is windy with thin soils. The vineyard is therefore very low yield, with small berry
size and slow grape development. These tough farming conditions nevertheless build distinctive character.”
– Second Generation Proprietor Lindsay Hoopes
Barrels: 100% French, 33% New Barrel
Aging: 10 Months Sur Lie