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Merryvale Silhouette Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

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Description

The gentle barrel fermentation allows for the full expression of the fruit, resulting in a wine that is elegantly balanced, refined, and complex. The wine captivates with aromas of orange blossoms, jasmine, and candied pineapple, evolving as it opens. Full on the palate, the unctuous mouthfeel is brilliantly supported by the wine's natural acidity.

Producer Description

Our approach to winemaking is founded on the premise that complex vineyard sites produce complex wines. We believe that our dedication to a meticulous plant-by-plant approach to farming and use of high-precision viticultural techniques in our estate vineyards allow us to take a more delicate hand in the cellar-more nuance than action.For Profile, each pick is handled separately and fermented in its own tank, cask or barrel where we vary temperature and maceration techniques-such as delestage, pigeage and pump-overs. During aging, we fine tune it one step further by using French oak barrels selected based on forest origin and toast level matched to the traits of each lot. As every year and every wine are different, we modulate racking and total time in barrel with the characteristics of the vintage in mind. Silhouette is barrel fermented; achieving long, native primary and malolactic fermentations, then aged in French oak barrels customized to enhance the integration of oak and flavors, resulting in a white wine with the ability to age for ten years or more.With the ultimate goal of enhancing and respecting the unique character of each vineyard, we carefully tailor each step so that we are rewarded with wines that reflect the personality of the site; wines with power, finesse, complexity and balance-born from the rocks, soils and sunlight that created them.

Description

The gentle barrel fermentation allows for the full expression of the fruit, resulting in a wine that is elegantly balanced, refined, and complex. The wine captivates with aromas of orange blossoms, jasmine, and candied pineapple, evolving as it opens. Full on the palate, the unctuous mouthfeel is brilliantly supported by the wine's natural acidity.

Producer Description

Our approach to winemaking is founded on the premise that complex vineyard sites produce complex wines. We believe that our dedication to a meticulous plant-by-plant approach to farming and use of high-precision viticultural techniques in our estate vineyards allow us to take a more delicate hand in the cellar-more nuance than action.For Profile, each pick is handled separately and fermented in its own tank, cask or barrel where we vary temperature and maceration techniques-such as delestage, pigeage and pump-overs. During aging, we fine tune it one step further by using French oak barrels selected based on forest origin and toast level matched to the traits of each lot. As every year and every wine are different, we modulate racking and total time in barrel with the characteristics of the vintage in mind. Silhouette is barrel fermented; achieving long, native primary and malolactic fermentations, then aged in French oak barrels customized to enhance the integration of oak and flavors, resulting in a white wine with the ability to age for ten years or more.With the ultimate goal of enhancing and respecting the unique character of each vineyard, we carefully tailor each step so that we are rewarded with wines that reflect the personality of the site; wines with power, finesse, complexity and balance-born from the rocks, soils and sunlight that created them.

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