2015 Dashaway Chardonnay

2015 Dashaway Chardonnay


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We’re excited to expand our annual tradition of special Holiday Bottles with a beautiful new holiday-themed release, our 2015 Dashaway Chardonnay. The charmingly-illustrated label features reindeer flying over our Napa Valley vineyards on Christmas Eve. The watercolor artwork was created for us by self-taught artist and illustrator Ruth Harper who is best known for her work in many New York Times #1 best-selling children’s picture books. This was Ruth's first wine label, and in preparation she researched over fifty vintage drawings of flying reindeer to make sure her renditions were as realistic as possible. Ruth, who takes inspiration predominantly from the natural world, also chose the label colors carefully. "I wanted to use gold since Chardonnay is a golden-colored wine. And I thought the royal blues and purples were complementary and also expressive of the night."

The Chardonnay is sourced entirely from our family's sustainably farmed vineyards in Napa Valley. Fermented in French oak barrels and aged in a combination of oak and concrete vessels, it shows off rich, ripe, caramelized fruit, hints of warm apple pie and notes of Bosc pear and almond paste. Twice-weekly lees stirring and 30% malolactic fermentation give the wine a creamy, open texture, and the long finish coats the mouth in delicious vanilla custard. This is ideal as an aperitif, and also works well with roast turkey with all the fixings.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Chardonnay
Cases Produced:200
Aging:7 months in French oak barrels and concrete vessels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2021 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

The 2015 vintage in Napa Valley will be remembered for high quality but low yields. The growing season began with warm temperatures in late winter and early spring resulting in an early bud break. In May, colder temperatures during bloom caused fruit set to be uneven, yielding a much smaller crop compared to earlier vintages. Winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly. The harvest, which was in full swing by mid-August, was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, and most vintners completed picking by mid-October. Although the continuing drought was a concern around California, Napa Valley received 75% of its annual rainfall average in 2015 making it less worrisome for Napa vintners.