2006 Derbes Carneros Chardonnay

Vineyards: Double T Ranch
Appellation: Carneros Sonoma
Clone: 4
Rootstock: 3309C
Yield: 3 tons/acre
Harvest Date: September 22, 2006
Harvest Brix: 24.5
TA: 0.72%
pH: 3.43



Hand harvested, sorted, whole cluster pressed.  Settled and racked to barrels for fermentation.  Inoculated with Champagne yeasts.  Barrel aged sur lies for 12 months with weekly batonnage in 100% French oak (30% new) until bouquet and flavors reached full balance.  Partially malolactic fermented.  Bottled unfined on August 28th 2007.


Winemaker Tasting Notes

This wine shows intense aromatics of tropical fruits, pineapple, papayas, dry apricots, along with pears melted with light floral notes.  This wine has a great balance between vibrancy and creaminess.  The mid-palate  is highlighted with hazelnut and finishes with butterscotch, giving richness to the wine.  Enjoy alone or with food.