2012 Hope’s Cuvee Chardonnay
Hope’s Cuvée Chardonnay is the utmost dedication to excellence, named in honor of my mother, Hope Signorello. To produce a wine of great significance, it takes a judicious selection of the absolute finest barrels and an intimate understanding of our 33 year old Napa Valley Estate vineyard. The vines are hand harvested at night in small picking trays, allowing us to protect the refined and delicate flavors of Chardonnay. Hope’s Cuvée is bottled un-fined and unfiltered allowing this wine to be enjoyed now or for years to come.
The nose opens with notes of jasmine, Meyer lemon, toasted hazelnuts, creme brulee and spiced baked apple. This classic Napa Valler Chardonnay is luciously rich, yet vibrantly juicy on the palate, with lingering flavors of vanilla, apple and citrus. Enjoy now through 2020.
Careful pressing of whole clusters minimized skin contact. This gentle process helped the wine achieve balance as well as develop a silky mouthfeel and enhances the aging potential. Using native yeasts, the wine fermented in French oak barrels with 100% malolactic fermentation to preserve the natural acidity. Tonnelleries: Francois Freres and Damy, Gauthier and Latour. Oak types: Allier and Troncais. The wine spent 16 months on the lees in French oak (33% new) prior to bottling.
The 2012 growing season and harvest is being described as “classic” and “perfect.” We saw near-ideal spring bud-break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and lengths of warm days, and cool and foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until our grapes found their optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.