Light gold in color. Granny Smith apple and stone fruit aromas, supplemented by a touch of spice and slight notes of clove and cinnamon. Much like any white Burgundy, this Chardonnay will benefit from time in the bottle to blossom fully. The mouthfeel is medium full, with a nice entrance, broad midpalate, and a creamy, long finish.
Wine maker notes
Born and raised in England, professional golfer Luke Donald has an affinity for the great white Burgundies of France. This is the inspiration behind his Luke Donald Collection Chardonnay from Carneros, a wine that reflects Luke’s passion for elegant, well-balanced Chardonnay. With an emphasis on crisp, clean minerality, and a restrained use of oak, this Chardonnay highlights the cooler climate and rich soils of Carneros, and is crafted in a style that pairs well with a wide variety of foods: from veal, chicken and risotto dishes, to shellfish, whitefish and even salmon.
Fermentation: Whole-cluster pressed to tank, inoculated with yeast and then racked to barrel and barrel-fermented in French oak, 33% new. The wine is allowed to complete the Malolactic fermentation to enhance the fruit complexity that comes from the Carneros soil.
The creation of Luke Donald Collection wines has its origins in a longstanding friendship between top-ranked pro golfer Luke Donald and fine wine professional Bill Terlato of the family-owned Terlato Wine Group. Whether on the golf course or in the vineyard, both men share a similar passion for excellence.
The Terlato-Donald friendship has resulted in a new Napa Valley wine partnership, with the first release in April 2008, of a Claret-style red wine blend. A Carneros Chardonnay released in spring 2009.
The grapes used in crafting Luke Donald Claret are 100% Napa Valley fruit, sourced primarily from renowned vineyards in the Rutherford and Stags Leap District appellations, know for consistently delivering wines of exceptional quality year after year. The Luke Donald Chardonnay is classically Burgundian in style and comes from a lovely sloped vineyard facing San Pablo Bay, the coolest part of Carneros.
Luke Donald plays an active role in crafting the wines that bear his name. His personal involvement in the blending makes the wines original and unique; wines that best reflect his own personality and style. Lukes personal style is also reflected in the non-traditional, contemporary labels, which connect with todays luxury wine consumers.
For wine drinkers who share Lukes passion for culture and competitive spirit, LDC delivers wines that reflect Lukes own sense of style, taste and artistic expression.