Robert Mondavi Chardonnay
The grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters to conserve the vibrant, fruity flavors. Seventy percent (70%) of the juice was fermented in French oak barrels (16%new) and the balance was cold fermented in stainless-steel tanks to retain brightness and purity of fruit. Partial malolactic fermentation balanced the lively acidity and added complexity. Each lot was aged on the yeast lees and was hand-stirred regularly throughout nine (9) months of aging, for seamless integration of flavors and a rich, creamy finish. The wine was bottled in November of 2016.