St. Francis Estate Chardonnay 750mL
This is a refreshing, medium-bodied Chardonnay with flavors and aromas of green apple, juicy pear and melon with a background note of marzipan. Bright and crisp, the wine is nicely balanced with a touch of minerality on the smooth and silky finish.
Pair with shellfish, chicken, salmon and pastas or other dishes with cream sauces.
AGING: Aged 6 months in 100% French Oak
Grapes that produce Sonoma County Chardonnay come from Sonoma Valley estate vineyards and Russian River Valley, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Carneros and Alexander Valley. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. To preserve Chardonnay’s delicate flavors, aromas and acidity, the grapes are picked at night and in the very early morning hours so the fruit arrives cold at the winery. Grapes are then immediately pressed whole cluster and fermented in different lots. The wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation and is aged for six months in French oak barrels. During aging, bâtonage (stirring the lees by hand) is performed to achieve complexity and a rich mouthfeel.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- A classic, buttery California Chardonnay.
- Select fruit from the finest Chardonnay regions: Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros and Alexander Valley.
- Chardonnay grapes are handpicked in the cool of night and rushed to the winery before dawn, to preserve delicate aromas, flavors and fresh acidity.