2016
Estate Vineyard

Chardonnay
Description

AOur Old Wente Clone, Montrachet Clone and Clone 809 vineyard blocks provided the fruit for this wine. After whole cluster pressing, the juice underwent native yeast fermentation and lees stirring for 10 months. Extending the barrel aging time in French oak, 30% new, to 16 months increased the complexity and rich depth while still retaining the delicate fruit components of this elegant Chardonnay before bottling unfiltered.

SCORE: 93+ | APRIL 27, 2018 | WINE ADVOCATE

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

 A rich golden honey color in the glass.

Aroma: 

Our 2016 Estate Chardonnay opens with enticing aromas of orange blossom, lime peel, and honeysuckle.

Palate: 

Warm, full flavors of mandarin and nutmeg spread across the palate creating a full bodied white wine. With a silky mouthfeel and bright acidity this wine pairs flawlessly with any meal. 

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2016 vintage in Sonoma County was almost perfect with moderate late winter rains, providing a healthy boost to the drought-stricken region. Moderate spring and summer weather led to elegant, profound wines with tremendous amounts of expression even at an early age.  

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Russian River Valley
  • Harvest Date: August 29-31 
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.28
  • Titratable Acidity: 5.4 g/L
  • Ageing:
    • ​100% French Oak
    • 30% New
  • Months in Barrel: 16
  • Cases Produced: 608
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Rich Fish Dishes
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses
$58