2012 Ancien Wines Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay, Napa Valley
In 1966, Pat and Duncan Haynes planted their vineyard to Martini Pinot Noir and Wente Chardonnay. In the 47 years that have passed since then, there have been many significant changes in the science and technology of viticulture. However, not every supposed advance results in an improvement quality. These old-school, widely spaced, cane pruned vines have found a most perfect balance point as tended by Fernando Delgado since 1970. He prunes each vine individually, according to its strength and potential, choosing which canes to keep and how many canes and shoots that each vine will grow. There is no technological substitute for this level of knowledge and experience coupled with pure love for the vine and its fruit.
Tasting notes from Winemaker & Proprietor Ken Bernards: "A focused nose of baked apple, lemon meringue with hints of melon, orange blossom, and citrus. The palate is bright and fresh, and the mouth-feel is richly textured, expansive and builds through the finish. Crisp apple and ripe pear notes emerge from the full-bodied mid-palate, accented by tangerine and orange blossom. The finish is a lengthy and powerful amalgamation of ripe fruit, baking spices and mouth-filling minerality with a firmly focused finish. The nose continues to evolve, revealing nuances throughout the finish. This is a Chardonnay worthy of cellaring."
Blend Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Total Production: 140 cases
Aging Potential: 6-8 years