Havens Winery Oakville Chardonnay 2013
This is the perfect wine for the summer for those that love rich, delicious Chardonnay. A beautifully stylized rich Chardonnay and Havens only produces a few hundred cases each vintage. This is a special opportunity to land this very limited beauty. And 2013 is considered one of the greatest vintages in the history of Napa Valley. We always enjoyed Havens wines which have a very rich Napa Valley tradition. This is from two top Oakville vineyards located next to Far Niente and Opus One. The Oakville appellation is considered by enthusiasts to be one of Napa’s greatest and it includes superstar wineries like Cardinale, Nickel & Nickel, Ghost Block, Plumpjack, Silver Oak, Opus One and of course Screaming Eagle.
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Havens Winery 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.50%
A suave and stylized 100% Oakville Chardonnay. This wine is from two vineyards located in the sweet spot of Napa’s Oakville appellation as one is on the Oakville Cross Road next to Opus One and the other on the Oakville Grade next to Far Niente. An engaging nose of white peach, and pear with touches of honeysuckle and orange peel. A nice fruit spectrum with peach, orange blossom, kiwi and vanilla oak with honeydew, guava, lemon cream and Asian spice. Big and zippy with nice power on the finish. Pair with fried oysters and chicken salad, bay scallops with lemon and garlic, crab cakes, or cocoanut encrusted tilapia.
By Havens Winery
2013 Chardonnay Oakville Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 12-14, 2013
Acidity: 6.1 g/L
Fermentation: 100% Barrel fermented
Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
Barrel Aging: 12 months in French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
The 2013 growing season was a rather exceptional one, with moderate weather throughout the growing season that put little pressure on the vines, and provided grapes with well-balanced acid levels. The 2013 harvest made up for the low yielding 2012 crush, with most varieties picking at above average yields. Our 2013 wines are already showing off elegant balance & verve.
Vineyard & Winemaking Notes
The 2013 Oakville Chardonnay is a blend of grapes from two vineyards in the Oakville AVA. 60% comes from a vineyard situated on the Oakville Cross Road adjacent to the Opus One Winery. The soils in this region has a deep gravel base that is overlaid with a loamy topsoil of the Bale variety. It is this vineyard in particular that contributes the exotic aromatics and rich palate of this wine, in keeping with the Burgundian style Havens Chardonnay has come to define. The remaining 40% of grapes come from a vineyard near Far Niente Winery on the Oakville Grade. The soils are a deep layer of stony gravel overlaid by sandy silt-loam and add layers of spice & texture to the wine’s profile. The grapes were gently pressed and then placed in stainless steel tanks to settle. After three weeks, the fermenting juice was barreled down and maintained under cold conditions (55°F). With initial fermentation complete, the barrels were topped up and inoculated for Malolactic fermentation and stirred once per week (“Sur-Lie”) until ML was completed, approximately four months later. The wine was gently stirred once per month for eight months while still in barrel and then moved into stainless steel tanks prior to bottling in early 2015.
Aromas of apples, pears, melons, and toasty oak with hints of vanilla place this wine in a class of its own. The rich, lush fruit flavors are balanced by mouth-watering acidity, and the complex tannins from barrel fermentation lead to a very satisfying finish.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.