Sourced from the best Chardonnay block on the historic Stanly Ranch, our Silhouette is a uniquely captivating wine. Meticulously crafted using time honored old world techniques, the gentle barrel fermentation allows for the full expression of the fruit, resulting in a wine that is elegantly balanced, refined, and complex.
The 2018 captivates with aromas of orange blossoms, jasmine, and candied pineapple, evolving as it opens. Full on the palate, the unctuous mouthfeel is brilliantly supported by the wine’s natural acidity, leading into a long finish that showcases the traditional minerality and freshness of Stanly Ranch. Enjoy now and over the next 10+ years.
- Vineyard Notes
Silhouette is a limited production white wine worthy of a collector’s cellar. This hallmark Chardonnay captures the family’s vision of crafting an old-world style white wine from Napa Valley. Each vintage, our very best Chardonnay fruit goes into the Silhouette bottling. For the 2018 vintage, the wine is comprised primarily of grapes grown on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard with a small percentage from the neighboring Hyde Vineyard in Carneros. Hand harvested at night to retain vibrant acidity, the grapes for Silhouette were whole cluster pressed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank to settle the juice, then racked into French oak barrels the following day. The winemaking techniques were classic Burgundian—spontaneous native yeast barrel fermentation, gentle bâttonage, and natural malolactic fermentation. The wine aged for 18 months on fine lees in 40% new French Burgundian oak barrels, and was racked once before bottling.
- FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST: [92 POINTS]
Tasting Notes will be available shortly.
- FROM JAMES SUCKLING.COM: "Aromas of spiced apple pie, lemon curd, ...
“… marmalade and salted butter. It’s medium-to full-bodied with mouthwatering, tangy acidity. Intense lemon notes on the finish.” —James Suckling [91 POINTS]
- FROM WINE SPECTATOR: "Vibrant acidity is loaded into...
“… the baked apple and dried pear flavors. Well-structured, with a minerally accent on a fresh, direct finish that also offers buttery hints. Drink now through 2023. 827 cases made.” —Kim Marcus [90 POINTS]