2019 Six Cloves Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay

2019 Six Cloves Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay

¥7,150 (incl. tax)

In the northwestern part of the City of Napa, where track homes begin to modulate into small farms and orchards, you’ll find the Linda Vista Vineyard. This is Oak Knoll, a cool sub AVA of the Napa Valley where Chardonnay vines thrive. Indeed, even the Chardonnay that won the infamous Paris Tasting for Chateau Montelena came from another vineyard nearby. Linda Vista is farmed by Steve Matthiasson, a grape grower and winemaker and well-known proponent of viticultural methods that produce fruit with higher levels of acidity for making wines with less alcohol and greater balance. Sonoe Hirabayashi has made a delightful Chardonnay with the Linda Vista fruit. Brisk and refreshing, it bursts with citrus, apple and lemon curd; the pure, varietal character is further emphasized through judicious use of oak that softened the wine without masking the flavors. 

Winery


Winery Description

Sonoe Hirabayashi grew up on an apple farm in the foothills of the Northern Alps of Japan, yet she pursued a very American dream in working her way toward founding Six Cloves, her own California wine making and consulting business. After starting out working in New York in international trade and finance, Hirabayashi got bitten by the wine bug and left the east coast to study viticulture and enology at UC Davis. As her studies wound up, she began several years of internships, seasonal and full-time positions that included stints at Kusuda in New Zealand; Montsecano in Chile; and Gary Farrell, Littorai, Dehlinger, DRNK, and Sebastiani in Sonoma County. These experiences gave her the expertise as well as the confidence to conceive of a wine business with a Japan focus. Six Cloves provides consulting on exporting California wine to the Japanese market. Hirabayashi-san is also making wine she believes will appeal to Japanese consumers and match the delicacy of Japanese cuisine. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Oak Knoll District (Napa)
Winery Six Cloves
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Diam
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.1 x 29.5
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.2%
Product Code SX19CH
UPC NONE
MLF 100%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Apple and melon on the nose precede a vibrant palate of citrus and lemon curd and tropical notes on the finish. 

Production


Vinification

Grapes were pressed as whole clusters into French and Hungarian oak barrels (27% new) for primary and malolactic fermentation and aging of about 8 months.

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