Light straw and transparent in color, this classic Willamette Valley Chardonnay showcases bright aromatics of citrus, mineral, and orange blossom, leading into subtle hints of honeycomb and neutral oak. Picked on the early side, the palate’s focus is more reminiscent of the famed Bourgogne than California, with juicy characteristics of lemon rind and green apple.
The crisp entry was barrel fermented using 100% neutral French Oak, followed by malolactic fermentation and a delicate hand throughout. This barrel fermentation with neutral French Oak rather than new American Oak results in a fresher cleaner Chardonnay. New American Oak imparts Vanilla and other characteristics that are considered New World. Paula is more Old World in nature.
The pronounced acidity on the finish makes this an extraordinary summer sipper to be enjoyed while slurping dozens of oysters on the half shell, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, or a simple porch swing.