Hope’s Cuvee Chardonnay showcases the utmost dedication to excellence, named in honor of Hope Signorello. It benefits from an intimate understanding out the 5.12 acre parcel on the west side of the hill. Planted 38 years ago with clonal selections from one of the region’s earliest outstanding vineyards, it is now one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Napa Valley. Night-time hand-harvesting into small trays protects the varietal’s refined and delicate flavors. This naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next 15 years.
100% Napa Valley Estate
Total Production: 405 cases
Careful pressing of whole clusters minimized skin contact. This gentle process helped the wine achieve balance as well as develop a silky mouth-feel and enhanced the aging potential. Using native yeasts, the wine fermented in French oak barrels, did not undergo malolactic fermentation and spent 9 months on the lees in the French oak barrels (50% new) prior to bottling.
2017 began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous through the summer thanks to the winter rains. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear but cool weather immediately after allowed sugar levels to return to normal. Red grapes were picked over the next few weeks. All fruit had been picked and was safely in the fermentation tanks or barrels by October 8, the day the winery was consumed by the historic Napa Valley fires. Fortunately, the vines and wines escaped the fire’s wrath.