Super Premium “Fingerprint” Edition Wines
Nancy: Nancy is the newest addition to the Fingerprint collection and the very first super premium white wine of the series. Planning began over 3 years ago but only the 2016 harvest offered the chance of reaching the level of quality and style of this vintage which has been dedicated and named after Chateau Elan founder Dr. Nancy Panoz.
It is a blend of 4 varieties, 42% Viognier, 24% Trebbiano, 23% Albarino and 11% Chardonnay. The grapes were harvested from the 19th of August to the 20th of September 2016. The single varieties have been fermented separately and blended just prior the bottling. No malolactic fementation, and only 5% was aged in new French oak barrels, the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks. It has zero residual sugars and 13.8% alcohol. Color is a nice middle tone gold with green nuances. On the nose it shows a mix of citrus fragrances with sweet hawthorn and jasmine notes. Light notes of bread and ginger are present as well. After tasting, a light tannin structure coming from the viognier and trebbiano grapes follows. It has a great entrance, a smooth middle palate and a spiky-vivid acidity. A persistent saltines is the last memory the wine leaves you with.
Nancy is the most elegant wine yet created by Executive Winemaker Simone Bergese whose passion and pride you can now enjoy while still available as part of the limited Fingerprint edition wines of Chateau Elan.
Zyrah: A blend of Zinfandel and Syrah grapes (50/50) grown in our vineyards of Woodlands and Davis. The grapes were harvested on September 12th and blended together from the beginning. Zyrah is aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels from the Allier forest in France. Unfiltered and untreated. In the glass it shows a deep-intense-vivid red color and at the nose you can clearly perceive eucalyptus and rosemary notes with hints of macerated fruit. Some dusty notes of vanilla complete the flavor profile. It tastes big with a mild acidity and an extra soft tannin structure. 15.8% alcohol.
Meritage: Inspired by the classic red wines from Bordeaux, a blend of 43% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Merlot. Grapes grown in several different vineyards in Yuba and Kelseyville, CA and harvested between the 10th of September and the 14th of October 2014. Aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels from the forests of Limousin, Allier, and Vosges in France. Unfiltered and untreated. It has a deep opaque red color and on the nose you can smell a mix of cinnamon, vanilla, white pepper, anise and ripe strawberry. In the mouth a light saltiness, with a sustained acidity, medium volume and a persistent tannin structure.
Mameli: Mameli is the author and composer of the Italian national anthem. This wine represent a balanced symphony made by the blend of 3 noble Italian grape varieties. 37% Barbera, 33% Nebbiolo, 30% Montepulciano. Grapes grown in sandy soil of Paso Robles (Nebbiolo), Woodlands (Barbera) and volcanic soil in Lake County (Montepulciano), harvested between the 20th of September and the 20th of October 2014. It aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels from the forests of Limousin, Jupilles, and Allier in France. Unfiltered and untreated. Mameli has a deep, brick red color. Intense accents of leather, blueberry, raspberry, dry straw and saddle. On the palate, it has a big entrance, bright acidity, big structure, long tannin and a long finish with an after taste of ginger and red fruits. 15.3% alcohol.
El Tempranillo: This wine is reminiscent of a perfectly executed harmony. It is crafted from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown in Lake County, making it strong, elegant and very balanced. Black garnet color with bright attractive aromas of mocha latte, toasted coconut and blueberry pie with a supple, vibrant full body. It finishes with coating woody tannins and moderate oak.
La Barbera: Made from 100% Barbera grapes grown in Woodlands and Davis, this is a traditional Italian style wine. It is the most vibrant and food-friendly of the trio, boasting high alcohol and acidity. This wine is sure to enchant your taste buds with its uniqueness and abundance of character. Bright medium burnt sienna color it has toasty aromas of black currants, roasted nuts and white pepper. Full body with an unbelievable depth.
Les Petits: An even blend of Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah grown in Paso Robles, this opulent wine is strong, deep and very rich. It is intense and highly structured, delivering layers of nuances from dark raisin to bread and spicy berry tart. Textured mouth feeling with a smooth intense feisty finish. It is only for true lovers of bold red wines.