Merryvale Silhouette Chardonnay, 2010
Our 2010 Silhouette is vibrant gold in color, with complex aromas of ripe peach, apricot, tangerine, toasted almond pastry, wet stone, vanilla and baking spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon). On the palate the wine is very rich with layers of fruit all supported by bright natural acid. The finish is over a minute long with a creamy texture, and notes of spice and subtle toast.
The 2010 harvest in the Napa Valley was a difficult yet rewarding vintage with the coolest summer since 1972 continuing into the fall, resulting in some of the latest picking dates in memory. The extended hang time did increase complexity in the grapes, which were picked at moderate to slightly lower sugar levels. The results were outstanding white wines with bright acidity and wonderful aromatics, and red wines with dense color, concentration, and balance, all at moderate alcohol levels.
Hand sorted and whole cluster pressed; 100% fermented in French Oak Barrels; Native yeast and malolactic fermentation; Aged 18 months sur lie in French oak (75% new); Bottled unfiltered and unfiltered