Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay

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Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay

Hope's Cuvée Chardonnay is the utmost dedication to excellence, named in honor of my mother, Hope Signorello. To produce a wine of great significance, it takes a judicious selection of the absolute finest barrels and an intimate understanding of our 30 year old Napa Valley Estate vineyard. The vines are hand harvested at night in small picking trays, allowing us to protect the refined and delicate flavors of Chardonnay. Hope's Cuvée is bottled un-fined and unfiltered allowing this wine to be enjoyed now or for years to come.

Tasting Notes

The Hopes Cuvée Chardonnay emerges from the glass with layers of peach, poached pear and nutmeg. Complex minerality and flavors of ripe white peaches enhance the rich texture on the palate. Oak provides a touch of spice with hints of vanilla. The soft finish remains on the palate long thereafter. Enjoy now through 2016.

Winemaking Notes

Careful pressing of whole clusters minimized skin contact. This gentle process helped the wine achieve balance as well as develop a silky mouthfeel and enhances the aging potential. Using native yeasts, the wine fermented in French oak barrels with 100% malolactic fermentation to preserve the natural acidity. Tonnelleries: Francois Freres and Damy. Oak types: Allier, and Troncais. The wine spent 10 months on the lees in French oak (40% new) prior to bottling.

Harvest Report

A wet winter after the three previous dry years pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by three weeks. Luckily, due to a lot of cloud cover, we had very little frost alerts and no frost damage. Early summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, so we had a slightly later than average veraison. Towards the end of August, we were suddenly faced with a triple digit heat spike, but good canopy management kept damage to a minimum. Overall, the 2010 vintage looks to be smaller than in years past, but with excellent fruit quality.

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