“A bright but complex Chardonnay, this wine has upfront favors of crisp pear, lemon zest, pineapple, and hints of vanilla. Aromas of citrus and honeydew melon highlight the chalky minerality that runs throughout. This wine is smooth and balanced with refi ned acid structure, and a nice creamy finish.”
Jack Niven pioneered winegrape planting with Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley in 1973. Not the bystander type, his wife Catharine soon after began a project that grew into what is now Baileyana Winery. In the mid 1990s, their two sons, James and John, purchased property next door, and expanded Paragon Vineyard. They designed and planted these new blocks with select clones, varieties and rootstocks specifi c to the site. They named this section Firepeak, in homage of the extinct volcanoes in the area, and the resulting volcanic soils.
THE EDNA VALLEY
The coolest growing region in all of California, as cited in a study by Southern Oregon University, the Edna Valley is a mere 5.4 miles from the Pacifi c Ocean. Consequently, the extended growing season allows grapes grown here to develop intense and complex varietal fl avors, while achieving optimum maturity levels. Known as the “Dirt of the Devil,” the soils in the northern portion of the valley are also unique. As Islay Hill is the most southern sibling in a chain of extinct volcanoes known as the Seven Sisters, volcanic remnants are combined with clay loam and rocky marine sediment, offering a distinct mix of nutrients and good drainage.
FERMENTATION: 100% barrel fermented for three and a half weeks
BARREL REGIME: Aged sur lies for 9 months