St. Helena Winery is an 18 acre, sustainably farmed estate, solely producing estate grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - the wines are a blend of clones that have been planted in four different soil types. The Bacchus clone was planted on river gravel and these vines produce small intense berries with strong tannin structure. Clone 337 and 191 are planted on mixed gravel loam soils and the See clone on dense clay. The hand-picked, hand-sorted and destemmed fruit is cold soaked in T-bins to extract color, flavors and aroma. The juice was fermented, aged in new French oak barrels and then blended. Winemaker Aaron Pott has worked in wineries all over the world, including the famed Bordeaux estate Chateau Troplong Mondot. He consults for a variety of wineries in California’s Napa Valley and also makes wine under his own label, Pott Wines. In 2012, Aaron was named one of Food & Wine Magazine Winemakers of the Year.
|Wine maker notes
|Winemaker Aaron Pott made this Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay with Burgundy in mind. It is fermented in French oak and aged ‘sur lie’ for 17 months prior to bottling which makes it elegant yet weighty…sophisticated yet seductive. The prevalent aromas are of jasmine, sweet pie crust and lemon meringue. On the palate, it is richly textured with peach and lemon and the finish lingers with notes of nutmeg. This wine has crisp, balanced acidity and mineral notes. We hope you will enjoy this inaugural release and we look forward with providing you will exceptional Chardonnay for many years to come.