Luscious, fleshy, rich and round, mouth coating, full bodied. Take your pick; this big Chardonnay has it all. We selected the best barrel lots of our Dunnigan Hills fruit to create The Arsonist Chardonnay. Aromas of toasty oak, caramel apple and crème brûlée mingle with cinnamon and barrel spice. Upfront flavors of buttery toast are layered over fresh mango and star fruit. A touch of Russian River Valley Chardonnay adds zest to the finish. Integrated sweet oak characters harmonize with a big buttery palate and loads of tropical fruit.
Chardonnay clone 4 and clone 95 (Dijon) were picked at night and delivered to the winery before sunrise to ensure that fresh, cool grapes were crushed. The lots were barrel fermented and the lees were stirred frequently. Yeast cocktails (a mixture of the winemakers favorite compatible yeasts) were used on all the lots to ensure complex fermentation characters would evolve in the wine. We selected 10% of the finest barrel lots and let them age another six months while maintaining our weekly stirring program. 50% of those lots were selected for our inaugural release of The Arsonist Chardonnay.