Rombauer Vineyards began producing Chardonnay in 1982. In 1990, theRombauer family made their first Chardonnay from the Carneros region,where San Pablo Bay meets the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys.There, the cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for growing superior Chardonnay with the Rombauer hallmarks intense fruit flavors balanced by fresh acidity.
Pale light yellow with a green hue. Aromas of ripe peach, honeydew, and lemon rind intertwine seamlessly with vanilla and
spice. The aromas are followed by flavors of lychee and yellow peach which meld perfectly with the cream texture, vanilla and
slight butter. The finish builds with more peach and spice, while the acidity maintains the freshness and structure. The wine will
continue to gain weight and depth over the next 12 months, revealing additional notes of nectarine, butter and spice.
The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers
including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations.
Heavy rains in March and April replenished reservoirs and led to healthy vine growth which we managed through leafing and
cluster thinning. Weather during the summer and fall was moderate, and we finished picking our Chardonnay on October 16th.
Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial
photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at dawn and
sorted in the vineyard.
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle
overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give
the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture.
Our favorite Joy of Cooking pairings for this wine include Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Fettuccine with Salmon
RELEASE DATE August 2020
VARIETAL 100 Chardonnay
HARVESTED Sept. 9-Oct. 16th, 2019
AVERAGE BRIX 23.7
COOPERAGE 9 months in American
and French oak barrels
Recipes for pairings with a noted page number can be found in the Joy of Cooking. Recipes not appearing in the book can be found at www.JoyofCooking.com.
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When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner's great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal.
Appreciation bred passion, and Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980. Thirty-five years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first-, second- and third-generation members of the family.