2020 Jayson Chardonnay Napa Valley

A beckoning perfume of ripe pineapple, Buddha’s Hand, and brioche leaps from the glass, leading to a broad, lively palate of lemon curd, mango, and guava. The supple mouthfeel is buoyed by fresh acidity, sustaining the bright flavors, a touch of butterscotch lingering on the finish. –Katie Vogt

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Critics

92 Points

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 1, 2022

Aromas of matchstick, hay, grapefruit and fresh herbs. Medium-bodied with nice concentration and depth. Steady, with toasted complexity. Drink now.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Katie Vogt
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
August 27 to September 23, 2020
Bottled:
August 31, 2021
Released:
September 19, 2022

Our 2020 Jayson Chardonnay is layered and dynamic: The mountain fruit of our Pahlmeyer vineyards contributes intensity and crisp acidity, while our lower-elevation blocks offer freshness, tropical notes, and lovely aromatic lift. We hand-harvested each vineyard at optimal ripeness, picking in the predawn hours. Each whole cluster was meticulously hand sorted at the winery before pressing. The wine was gently whole-cluster pressed, naturally settled, and barrel fermented. It was racked from barrel for blending, then aged as a blend for 8 months before racking for bottling.

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