Havens Winery 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.50%
I enjoyed the taste profile of the '14 edition of Haven’s Napa Valley Chardonnay more than their two previous vintages. This wine strikes just the right balance of fruit and oak, and is a well finessed, complete wine. It’s mainly from vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley - prime Chardonnay country. It spent one year in a mix of new and neutral French oak. A bountiful palate of nicely textured, primarily tropical fruit with peach, honeydew, pear, and lychee with touches of green apple, crème brulee and vanilla spice. Try with lobster ravioli in a cream sauce, Langoustines in puff pastry, lemon garlic tilapia and Dover Sole in a Meuniere sauce.
By Havens Winery
2014 Chardonnay Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 8, 2014
Acidity: 5.78 g/L
Barrel Aging: 12 Months in French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
The 2014 Chardonnay is a blend of two vineyards within the Napa Valley, with the bulk of the grapes coming from vineyards in the Oak Knoll District just north of the City of Napa. The vineyards are close to the intersection of Oak Knoll Avenue and Highway 29 and the soils in this area have a deep gravel base that is overlaid with a loamy topsoil of the Bale variety. This area is the best for growing Chardonnay since it is near the southern end of Napa Valley and breezes from San Francisco Bay keep the area cool. The soil in this area contributes the exotic aromatics and rich palate of this wine, in keeping with the style that has come to define Havens Chardonnay. The Chardonnay that did so well in the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 came from this area.
Mother Nature blessed us with a consistently temperate growing season in 2014. Despite the drought, the timing of late spring rains delayed irrigation needs and moderated vine stress. We began harvesting almost two weeks ahead of normal. A repetition of warm periods, followed by cooler periods, provided ideal ripening weather. The results were small berries with good acidity and highly concentrated aromas and flavors. Early indications show the 2014 wines are remarkable with great intense flavor, beautiful balance and fresh acidity. The white wines are richly flavored with excellent acidic structure.
The grapes were gently pressed and then placed in stainless steel tanks to settle. After two days, the fermenting juice was barreled down and maintained under cold conditions (55'F). With initial fermentation complete, the barrels were topped up and inoculated for malolactic fermentation and stirred once per week sur lie until ML was completed, approximately four months later. The wine was gently stirred once per month for eight months while still in barrel and then moved into stainless steel tanks prior to bottling in early 2016.
Aromas of apples, pears, melons, and toasty oak with hints of vanilla place this wine in a class of its own. The rich, lush fruit flavors are balanced by mouth-watering acidity, and the complex tannins from barrel fermentation lead to a very satisfying finish.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
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