This sumptuous Reserve wine is only made in the greatest of vintages.
We knew the 2015 Reserve Chardonnay would build on a base of the 2015 Torchiana, since its one-two punch of richness and great acidity suggested a fantastic starting point. The question was how much of the Hyde and Durell Chardonnays to blend in. Would both make the cut? It took several blending trials to decide. Some worked and some really didn’t work at all. Eventually, we got the percentages fine-tuned and a finished blend to show the best of all three sites.
Matter of fact, the blend shows better than any of the single vineyard Chardonnays on its own from this vintage. Once we dialed in the percentages, we chose the best barrels of each lot to create a true Reserve Chardonnay. Our winemaking was very Burgundian in style. Fermentations began with native yeast strains for primary and secondary, and the wines received a minimal amount of handling through the aging period.
“The 2015 vintage in Napa Valley gave us a bunch of precocious whiz-kid wines with amazing potential. This one will wow you.”
Like the lovely woman it is named after, Cuvée Susan (Tor’s wife) is a stunner, complex and bewitching from beginning to end. On the nose there are loads of yellow flowers, honeysuckle and tangerines. The palate leaves one seamless impression. The wine is loaded with toast, orange and tangerine oil, quince and an absolutely seamless finish.