Destino Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008

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Destino Wines:
Meaning fate, journey and destination, the name Destino reflects a simple, guiding philosophy—that the winemaking journey is the destination. In this spirit, our approach to artisan winemaking expresses itself in a passion for the many small details. From the way the sunlight dapples the ripening grapes in the vineyards to the nuanced diversity of oak barrels from different forests in France, o... Read more
Meaning fate, journey and destination, the name Destino reflects a simple, guiding philosophy—that the winemaking journey is the destination. In this spirit, our approach to artisan winemaking expresses itself in a passion for the many small details. From the way the sunlight dapples the ripening grapes in the vineyards to the nuanced diversity of oak barrels from different forests in France, our wines embody a rich sense of exploration. Destino Wines is a boutique ultra-premium winery owned by Kevin & Anne Murphy, whose passion for producing wines of the highest quality ensures that Destino's wines delight and impress its loyal customers. Destino Wines' approach to winemaking is about flavor intensity, passion for the fruit, and an uncompromising quest for quality. We source our grapes from only the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and Russian River, we crush, ferment and barrel-age our wines at our modern facility in Carneros, and when it is time to bottle our wines, we double-verify that the wine is worthy of the Destino label. We are a small operation, and could not achieve the success for which we strive were it not for the guidance and energy of our many friends in the industry. Making great wine requires a great passion, great grapes, and great relationships. Read less
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Vintage: 2005 07/24/2009

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Vintage: 2005 07/24/2009

The vineyard ~ Our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from two cool climate sites which pair fluidly to produce an elegant, food-friendly wine. Located at the far southern end of Napa Valley, between American Canyon and Carneros, green Island vineyard offers intense fruit from an 11-year-old Robert young clone selection grown in gravelly soil. This vineyard is actually closer to the cool influence of San Pablo Bay than Carneros, producing grapes with a long, bright flavor profile. Adding depth and sophistication to our 2005 Napa Chardonnay, we have included grapes from the coveted Haines vineyard in Coombsville. With low-yielding, 33-year-old Old Wente clone vines, Haines produces nuanced fruit filled with aromatics and structured layers. The wine ~ The grapes from both the Haines and the green Island vineyards were picked at peak ripeness. Pressing was done as whole clusters, utilizing a membrane press to gently dejuice the grapes without breakage of skins, seeds, or stems. The juice was settled for 24 hours and racked to barrel for 100 percent barrel fermentation. fermentation was conducted to promote long, slow development maximizing the fruit flavors. In addition, a selection of distinctive yeasts isolates was used to add complexity to the wine. Upon completion of primary fermentation, the barrels were stirred weekly to promote the breakdown of the yeasts adding additional layers as well as enhancing the creamy texture of the wine. To contribute a final array of flavors and subtle accents the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged in a mix of French oak barrels from several coopers. To ensure the hands-on attention to detail that defines winemaking excellence, only 640 cases were produced. Tasting Notes ~ The 2005 Destino Napa Valley Chardonnay is a lush, well-balanced wine that offers rich, concentrated flavors of pear and honeydew melon complemented by vibrant bright citrus notes. The 2005 Destino Napa Valley Chardonnay received a wine Spectator score of 87.



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