The Buttercream Story: Our Buttercream Reserve Chardonnay receives an extra layer of frosting. It’s the buttercream cake our grandmother made for special occasions. Buttercream Reserve spends a little more time in oak, further developing the rich, creamy texture with tropical fruit, vanilla notes and an added kiss of sweetness.
Winery Notes: This Chardonnay is balanced and true in varietal character. Delicious aromas of dulce de leche, butterscotch, honeysuckle, and ripe apple paired with a subtle vanilla show the oak nuances of this wine. There is freshness yet balance in the flavors of ripe peach, bosc pear and Gravenstein apple which give way to an incredibly long and creamy finish.
Winemaking: Each Chardonnay block was selected for optimal ripeness and harvested at night then gently pressed at the winery. To preserve the delicate aromas, each lot was fermented cool in stainless steel, then moved to French oak for 11 months of stirring on the lees for enhanced richness, depth and body. Each lot goes through 100% malolactic fermentation during aging to create the prefect balance between the wine’s buttery smoothness and the spice and vanilla notes of the oak. Grape
Sourcing: This Chardonnay was sourced from our legendary vineyards along the Coast of California. Largely from our sunny, well-drained vineyards near the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County, the warm days and foggy nights allowed delicious ripe fruit aroma and flavor development. We choose specific blocks in Clarksburg and Lodi to contribute roundness and mouthfeel.