Trois Noix

Muir Hanna Old Vine
2022 Chardonnay
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 137
Vintage

2022

Trois Noix

Muir Hanna Old Vine

Chardonnay
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Your wine is a fresh, vibrant and ethereal expression of Chardonnay
  • Sourced from the iconic Muir Hanna Vineyard in the cooler region of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley nested appellation
  • Produced from 38-year-old vines of the same budwood that won the 1973 Judgment of Paris
  • 100% native fermentation, 0% malolactic fermentation, and aging in 6% new French oak

Description

This distinctive lot of Chardonnay represents meticulous farming and an exact hand in the cellar. The wine was produced from 38-year-old vines that yield exquisitely delicious fruit each year. Cool and long native fermentation ensured the most delicate aromatics and textures were kept intact. Foregoing malolactic fermentation and limiting bâtonnage resulted in a wine of purity, levity and grace.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Mike Tracy

Winemaker, Trois Noix

Winemaker, Mike Tracy

My journey into winemaking began when I was a child. I was raised on the Gallo Frei Ranch in Dry Creek Valley where my mother worked as an accountant. My godfather, an immigrant from Mexico and cellar worker at the property, exposed me to both the pleasure and discipline of making wine from vineyard to bottle.

From this early experience I always knew I would make wine, and I obtained a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University in 2012. Fast forward thirteen commercial vintages throughout Sonoma, Napa, New Zealand and Argentina, and I am ecstatic to be crafting the wines of Trois Noix alongside Jaime Araujo.

I believe that high-quality wine is made in the vineyard, and that rigorous and sustainable farming programs are critical to the process. I am inspired by creating wines that showcase purity of fruit, freshness, and the genuine structure to age.

Country born: United States

Education: I received a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University in 2012, followed by an M.B.A in Wine Business from Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute in 2021.

Mentors: Jennifer Williams, Mark Porembski, Martha McClellan, Bob Levy, and Michel Rolland.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Honors / Awards:
- American Society of Enology and Viticulture Scholarship recipient
- Nelson J. Shaulis Advancement for Viticulture Research Scholarship recipient

Winemaking Philosophy:
My winemaking philosophy is that the core of a wine is crafted in the vineyard. By taking care of the health of our vineyards and responding to their individual needs, the winemaking process is simplified. That said, I strive to make classic Napa Valley wines that showcase depth of flavor, freshness, and authentic ageability.

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