Silhouette Napa Valley Chardonnay
Silhouette is their flagship white wine, crafted to the same exacting standards as Profile. Selecting only the best lots from our top vineyards each year, they strive to create a white wine of the utmost integrity, depth and grace. Silhouette brings together their finest Chardonnay grapes of each vintage, primarily sourced from our family’s Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard. Whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented with native yeasts, this wine spends extended time sur lie to develop its silken texture and rich aromatics. Exquisite fruit, graceful acidity and rounded complexity create an exceptional white wine capable of aging for a decade or more.
Tasting Note: Sourced from the best Chardonnay block on the historic Stanly Ranch, their Silhouette is a uniquely captivating wine. Meticulously crafted using time honored old world techniques, the gentle barrel fermentation allows for the full expression of the fruit, resulting in a wine that is elegantly balanced, refined, and complex. The wine captivates with aromas of orange blossoms, jasmine, and candied pineapple, evolving as it opens. Full on the palate, the unctuous mouthfeel is brilliantly supported by the wine's natural acidity, leading into a long finish that showcases the traditional minerality and freshness of Stanly Ranch. Enjoy now and over the next 10 + years.
Food Matching: Grilled Salmon, Crab Cakes, Roast Chicken.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay.
Terroir: Alluvial fan in Carneros.
Climate: coastal cool climate.
Soil: loamy clay.
Harvest: hand harvested.
Vinification: Hand harvested at night to retain vibrant acidity, the grapes for Silhouette were whole cluster pressed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank to settle the juice, then racked into French oak barrels the following day. The winemaking techniques were classic Burgundian - spontaneous native yeast barrel fermentation, gentle battonage, and spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine aged in barrel on fine lees, and was racked once before bottling.
Ageing: 16 months in light toast French oak barrels from Burgundy, 40% NEW.
Residual sugar: 2.4g/L.