Country: California, USA
Region: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Terroir: shallow and dense clay loam soils
Winemaking: barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once and 33% twice-filled, French oak barrels for 9 months, regular hand stirring while aging on the lees
The foundation for the Carneros Chardonnay is Frank Family’s Lewis Vineyard, touching the shores of the San Pablo Bay in Napa-Carneros. Lewis Vineyard consists of 78 acres planted on gently rolling hills, with 68 acres dedicated to Chardonnay and 10 acres dedicated to Pinot Noir. The predominant maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates the cool temperature, fog and wind that make Carneros ideally suited for growing cool climate varieties. The restricting soils result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity.