Proprietress Reserve Chardonnay
Named in honor of our Proprietress, Nell Sweeney, this high-style wine has great elegance and depth. Representing the top ten percent of our Chardonnay production, the Proprietress Reserve has a creamy texture, with moderate acidity for balance.
Proprietress Reserve is fermented and aged in a larger percentage of new French oak barrels than our other Chardonnays. Combined with regular stirring of the lees, this produces vibrant fruit aromas and flavors as well as vanilla, brown sugar and toasty oak nuances.
Because of our demanding requirements, we do not produce this wine every year. But in outstanding vintages, this is our go-to choice for special friends and special occasions.
Aroma: Complex, sweet Meyer lemon and nectarine, with hints of caramel and toasty vanilla .
Palate: Fresh citrus flavors with layers of fig, red apple, creamy oak, and vanilla, leading to a harmonious, supple and long finish.
92 POINTS - CELLAR SELECTION - 2013 Vintage
"The initial entry to this wine is reminiscent of cheesecake, with a decadence to the bouquet. From there, ripe pear and toasted oak combine around a tropical edge of guava and papaya, giving complexity and lushness on the palate, before a zesty, slightly tart finish confounds and invites one in for more. Cellar through 2018."
- Wine Enthusiast
This rich and complex Chardonnay is excellent on its own and pairs beautifully with shellfish and roast chicken.