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The grapes were hand harvested at night and pressed immediately upon arriving at the winery at 6am. The juice was left on the lees to settle for 48 hours before being rack into French oak barrels where it was fermented. The wine was aged sur lie for a full year with lees stirring every two weeks before being bottled.
Grapes for our 2020 Viognier came from Block 7 vineyard in Clarksburg, California. This area lends itself well to Viognier with less of a diurnal temperature shift than Napa Valley. The hot days help drive the ripeness that brings out the true varietal flavors that make viognier such a special wine. With only two tons per acre, this old
vine viognier block creates intense character and depth.
The grapes were harvested September 6, 2020 and after pressing, went directly to a climate controlled tank for fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was racked to neutral French Oak barrels where it aged gracefully for 5 months. The resulting wine has a defined depth of flavor of liquid gold
Grapes for our 2019 CROZE Chardonnay came from Simone Vineyard, a ten acre parcel In Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District, which yields 20 - 25 tons of fruit. This is one of the few remaining mid- valley Chardonnay vineyards. It is owned and farmed by Jim Simpson, a truly gifted grower of grapes as well as fine vegetables for Napa Valley's premier restaurants.
The first vintage of Croze Viognier since 2015. The 2019 Croze Viognier is a complex, yet elegant wine with aromas of white flowers and rich stone fruit. On the palate this wine shows peach and apricot notes and a subtle minerality that adds depth. The finish is crisp and elegant creating an experience that reflects the Croze philosophy of balance and finesse.
With summer in full swing, we are thrilled to officially release the 2017 Croze Chardonnay Napa Valley Chardonnay. This wine is pure, precise and wonderfully refined with notes of vibrant citrus, pear and red peach flavors, spicy, toasted oak while maintaining a bright acidity. Barrel aged for 8 months in 20% new French oak, our Croze Chardonnay embodies the balance of brilliant acidity and round, integrated oak that define Croze winemaker Daniel Benton's approach to chardonnay.
LIMITED RELEASE! Just 6 barrels of this superb Napa Valley Chardonnay!
Captivating aromas of watermelon, cherry blossoms and strawberries fill the glass. Light weight in the mouth with waves of bright passion fruit and peaches that roll across the palate. The wine has a perfectly balanced acidity and lingering finish