Gnarly Head Chardonnay (750ml)
Gnarly Head wines began with a vision and a vine. In 2004, on a mission to make a serious Zinfandel. Winemakers journeyed to Lodi in central California in search of the famed old vine Zinfandel vineyards. Grown in the head-trained, spur-pruned method for over a century, these vigorous gnarled vines produced more ripened red fruit than they had ever seen. They took it as a challenge to create the biggest, boldest Zinfandel they had ever made. The result was authentic, structured wines with a hint of something unexpected. Something Gnarly.
But Zinfandel is not the only grape that can be Gnarly. Winemakers select grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California to produce wines in the Gnarly house style–big and juicy.
Gnarly Head Chardonnay raises the bar for this classic varietal. This Chardonnay is a juicy, full-bodied wine that explodes with bright citrusy aromas of lemon zest, honeydew melon and just a hint of toasty oak. Big bold flavors of citrus and apple with a touch of vanilla ensure a perfect match with a range of cuisine, including chicken curry, grilled shrimp and spaghetti carbonara.
Gnarly Head Chardonnay is crafted using grapes from specially selected vineyards in Lodi and Monterey. Chardonnay fruit from the Lodi region contributes ripe, rich fruit flavors with a full mouthfeel, while grapes from Monterey add crisp acidity, balanced with vibrant citrus and abundant tropical flavors.
All of the grapes are harvested in the early morning hours so they remain cool before being delivered immediately to the winery to be pressed off the skins and racked into fermenters. After fermentation, twenty-five percent of the Chardonnay underwent malolactic fermentation to add a lush, round texture to the wine. Each lot is aged separately to add depth and complexity to the final Chardonnay blend.