100% Chardonnay. While the history of Massican’s name resides in the south of Italy, the inspiration for the wine comes from the north. The Massican wines are a blend of grape varieties with the hope of promising a new, unique approach to what white wine could be – modern, spirited, different – taking the best of what California vineyards have to offer and approaching the winemaking with intellectual verve and passion. Massican harvests six grape varieties in and around Napa Valley and Sonoma County – three northeastern Italian white varieties (Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Pinot Grigio), coupled with a southern Italian variety (Greco) and two western varieties (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). With these six grape varieties, Dan Petroski makes four wines channeling the style and the blends made famous by Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Ronco del Gnemiz, and Venica & Venica, just to name a few. This pure Chardonnay is pure beauty. The grapes come from one of the most famous and historic Chardonnay vineyards of California founded by Larrry Hyde in Carneros in 1979. Tucked away in the southern part of Napa Valley, the entire estate is a gorgeous expanse of rolling hills with southeast exposure and saline morning fog. The parcel of Musque clone of Chardonnay that makes up this bottling was planted in 1992. The wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels. The result is brioche and nutmeg aromas lead to a midpalate of succulent green apple, pear, and spice with lifted, bright, and layered acidity. Complex and completely delicious, it remains focused and balanced throughout. Cheers to Dan for a fantastic wine!