Staglin Family Vineyard
2012 Estate Chardonnay
Rutherford, Napa Valley
"The pale gold color of the 2012 Staglin Chardonnay appears to almost sparkle and dance with dissolved jewels..."
BY WINEMAKER FREDRIK JOHANSSONThe ideal 2012 growing season was classic Napa Valley – great conditions during bud break through flowering got things off to a great start followed by a Goldilocks summer of “just right” days and cool, foggy nights. A nice warmer stretch from late July through mid-August helped ripen the ample crop and set-up the near perfect September stretch and October finish that gave the fruit the extended hang time we were hoping for. The grapes were picked in the cool early mornings to maintain their freshness, natural acidity and delicate flavors. We utilize traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, while respecting the unique quality of the fruit our vineyard delivers. The grapes are hand sorted, whole cluster pressed and then barrel-fermented. Though we generally restrict malo-lactic fermentation to preserve acidity and crispness, this year we allowed a small portion to go through it for increased complexity. Finally, we aged this wine on its lees for ten months with regular ‘batonnage’ during the first seven months.
The pale gold color of the 2012 Staglin Chardonnay appears to almost sparkle and dance with dissolved jewels. The expressive nose of yellow peaches and lemon oil is lifted by floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle with hints of mandarin orange marmalade, toffee and a sprinkle of gunpowder floating about. Balancing this is a creamy and finely textured palate that reverberates with a tight coil of liquid minerals and lively acidity that gives this wine gorgeous length and exciting complexity.
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Harvest Dates: September 13 - October 4
Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermentation
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Oak: 65% New, 35% Used
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Antonio Galloni Vinous, November 2013
2012 Staglin Family Vineyard Chardonnay: 93 points
"Staglin's 2012 Chardonnay is gorgeous. Peach, nectarine, lemon oil, white flowers, mint, butter and honey all flesh out in this voluptuous, creamy, expressive Chardonnay. All the elements come together beautifully in the glass. The 2012 is textured, open and drop-dead gorgeous. The Staglin Chardonnay presents a gorgeous combination of California richness along with the considerable energy that blocking the malolactic fermentation preserves."