Neal Family Vineyards

2013 Chardonnay
Rutherford

2014 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 18 | Lot No. 114
Vintage

2013

Neal Family Vineyards

Chardonnay
Rutherford

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • A unique, barrel-fermented Chardonnay lot from one of Napa Valley's Cabernet Sauvignon specialists
  • The wine is from a single Rutherford vineyard, made with 100% CCOF certified organic grapes
  • Fermented and aged over 12 months in new French oak, 100% maloactic fermentation and unfiltered
  • Produced at our CCOF certified processor winery on Howell Mountain

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.63
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Gove Celio

Winemaker, Neal Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Gove Celio

My love of the winemaking process began as a child in the early 1960's at our family's home in Cupertino. My father became passionate about home winemaking and from his experiences I learned the difference in wine quality as he progressed from Mission grapes to premium vinifera varietals, making a barrel or two every year in the garage. Seeing the rebirth the wine industry near my father's home town in the Sierra Nevada foothills renewed my interest in winemaking and prompted me to go back to school to study viticulture by the late 1970's. While studying during my first year at Santa Rosa Junior College, I started working as a vineyard manager and eventually moved to Howell Mountain, working on a ghost winery project with consultant Merry Edwards. After twenty eight years on Howell Mountain, I've been making wines for Mark Neal at Neal Family Vineyards the last thirteen vintages from ten of the sixteen Napa Valley AVA districts.

Country born: USA

Education: Viticulture degree from SRJC (Richard Thomas, program director, mentor). Apprenticed/Assistant winemaker for 10 years with Merry Edwards.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Let the variety, vineyard and vintage speak for itself with as little natural input as necessary.

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