2011 Hope’s Cuvee Chardonnay

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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 30 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.

Tasting Notes
92-94  POINTS, Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate “Lemon, lime, mint and white flowers all burst from the glass. A lively, saline-infused finish rounds things  out in style. This is a beautiful and highly promising wine from Ray Signorello. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019″

Winemaking Notes
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.

Harvest Report
What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June. Few high heat events occurred at any point, but growers managed more open vine canopies to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters. Dry, sunny weather in the Fall provided ideal ripening and picking conditions on the Silverado Bench. Because of the late, great weather, wines of this harvest will see excellent color and elegant flavors, making this vintage quite memorable.