Chardonnay grapes ready for the destemmer

Winemaker’s notes

This classic Carneros Chardonnay was grown primarily on the Schug Estate vineyard, with additional barrels from the Wildcat Vineyard and Thornton Ranch. It was fermented and aged on the lees (“sur-lie”) in small French Oak barrels, with judicious new oak introduced. Malolactic fermentation was not induced, allowing the wine to retain its natural acidity and varietal focus. The result is a wine that is both rich and powerful, while refreshing and elegant on the finish. It has a ripe, spicy tropical bouquet with flavors that suggest citrus, pear, and spiced apples. Well-balanced acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish, making it an excellent wine with food. Try it with cream soups, rich seafood, fowl, veal, and pasta dishes.

From the critics

Awards & Recognition


“Aged sur-lie for eight months in 20% French oak, the iconic flavor profile shows a world-class Chardonnay profile. Creamy and toasty, the richness is reined in by its bright acidity. Kiwi, pineapple, and gardenia effortlessly show a tropical character, with Key lime and vanilla on the finish. “

Tasting Panel Magazine,
2019 Vintage


“Aromas of dried pineapple, spiced apple, lemon curd, flint and praline. It’s full-bodied with crisp acidity. Concentrated and flavorful. Drink or hold. “

James Suckling,
2019 Vintage

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