Signorello Chardonnay Hope's Cuvee 2012

In the 1970s, Ray Signorello bought a 100 acre estate along the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, California. His son, Ray Signorello Jr. joined the company in the mid 1980’s and upon his father’s death, inherited the estate. Ray Jr. shares winemaking responsibilities with co-winemaker and vineyard manager Pierre Birebent. Luc Morlet is the consulting winemaker. 55 acres are planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Chardonnay is planted on rocky, sloping hillsides and on the sandy loam valley floor. The red varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot are planted in the shallow, rocky soils found on the hillside of the estate. One vineyard faces east, the other west. The Pinot Noir fruit is sourced from premium parcels in Carneros. The Chardonnay is gently whole cluster pressed to minimize skin contact whilst the red varieties are destemmed and lightly crushed so that 20-30% of the berries remain intact before fermentation. [+]