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2011 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay

2011 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay

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Absolutely loaded with flavors. It’s almost red wine in mouthfeel without sacrificing the attractive fresh aromas in the nose. Lemon and lime zest, honey, thyme and verbana.

Tasting Notes
In 2011 we continue to push the level of skin contact prior to pressing the grapes in order to get as much character and structure into the juice before fermentation as possible. This year’s Chardonnay is absolutely loaded with flavors. It’s almost red wine in mouthfeel without sacrificing the attractive fresh aromas in the nose. Due to the clonal material that we have planted on the property, it still possesses the aromatic opulence of lemon and lime zest while the extra skin contact kicks up the honey, theme, and verbana character. In lieu of actual acidity, we’re looking for a bit of extra tannin for structure, and in 2010 I think that we achieved it.
5 Stars - Restaurant Wine
Fleshy and ripe in style, this chardonnay is generously flavored and very long on the palate, with a persistent finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of peach, apple, toast, roasted nut, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. Very fine quality. Skin contact before fermentation. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 32% new. 554 cases.
Winemaker Notes
With the 2011 Chardonnay, we introduce the vintage to our customers. You may have heard how ‘disastrous’, or ’hopelessly under-ripe’ the 2011 vintage was from the press, but I can assure you that 2011 produced some of the finest wines ever at Kuleto Estate. They are loaded with varietal character, perfectly balanced with acid and alcohol, and much more expressive than their warmer vintage counterparts. There are currently wines in barrel downstairs that are among my favorite ever made at Kuleto. Our 2011 Chardonnay is no exception. It was an absolute joy to taste barrel by barrel and put this final blend together.
Other Notes
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
6.6 g/L
11 Months
100% French Oak
32% New
Alcohol %
Vineyard Notes
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa, our estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes, and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property into more than 100 microc-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising, and farming methods tailored specifically to the site.