Jeff does a beautiful job. I love the wine. STEVE BERESINI

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This wine comes from a single three-acre Chardonnay vineyard Larry Hyde introduced to me in 2008. It belonged to one of his oldest friends in the Napa Valley, Steve Beresini, and was planted three decades ago with cuttings Larry gave Steve. We call this plant material – Hyde Selection Wente Clone (Old Vine chardon-nay). Today it produces a minuscule crop, usually between one to two tons per acre, with clusters half the normal size.

Beresini Vineyard with cat

Very Burgundian in style. Barrel fermented in small French cooperage, favoring premium three year dry aged barrels at a Medium toast level. The single new barrel cooper used is Saury. Fermentations begin with native yeast for primary and secondary, and the wines receive the minimal amount of handling through the aging period. Bottled unfined, unfiltered; we work hard to bring honest and true expression of the vineyard to you.

The 2019 Torchiana Chardonnay exhibits the classic Beresini Vineyard depth, intensity and extreme richness, stone fruits, apricots, salted butter and bees wax that we have so fallen in love with over the years. This always shows an almost oiliness to the palate that seems to go on an linger for minutes. As showy as this wine always is in its youth this will age and evolve gracefully for years.

Might go down as one of the greats -however, I did hear from some winemakers how very long the vintage played out, and bone ass tired some were when it finally ended. But quality loves long, long vintages with lots of hang time, and 2018 had hang time. It all began in late February and went deep into October.

Beresini Vineyard Map
appellationCarneros, Napa Valley
soilWell-drained ancient creek beds of clay loam and rocks
climateThick coastal fog due to location at the extreme south of Carneros AVA
topographyIn the flatter southern portion of Carneros
vines4.49 acres of Hyde Selection Wente Clone planted in 1988