|Appellation||Napa Valley, California|
2020 Chardonnay was harvested in 4 separate lots over 3 days from our Monticello Estate. The fruit was hand-picked and cluster sorted prior to being whole cluster pressed. 2020 was a very consistent growing season, and wonderful for their earlier ripening varietals. They harvested at ideal ripeness, with brix ranging from 22.8 to 23.8. They fermented 24 unique micro-batches in oak barrels, stainless steel and concrete tanks, then blended everything back together in a magnificently layered representation of their vineyard.
In the 1950s and ‘60s, a renaissance in the California wine business occurred when a group of Napa Valley pioneers recognized the potential of the region to satisfy the increasingly sophisticated tastes of American wine drinkers. Monticello founder Jay Corley was among this visionary group and would go on to establish a winery that over five decades would produce more than a thousand 90+ rates wines.
Winemaking in the Napa Valley dated to the mid-1800s. The business flourished over the second half of the 19th century, with hundreds of wineries established across the valley. In the late 1800s, however, the area was devastated by phylloxera, a pest that destroyed over 90% of the valley’s vineyards.