Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Highly influenced by the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros provides the perfect combination of summer fog, warm days, cool nights and a long growing season which make it an ideal location for growing our Chardonnay grapes. Tony prefers sourcing this fruit exclusively from the western facing slopes of Carneros, for the extended exposure to the warm afternoon sun and the cooling influence of afternoon breezes.
With an almost perfect fruit set in the spring and cool moderate summer temperatures that led in to fall, the 2018 season yielded perfectly ripened Chardonnay. This wine underwent simultaneous alcoholic and malolactic barrel fermentation, followed by 7 months sur lie in 33% new French oak. Our 2018 Los Carneros Chardonnay is expressive and approachable, showcasing balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème brulee.