2016 CHARDONNAY
Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Chardonnay 99%, Viognier 1%

Alcohol: 14.0%

pH: 3.68

TA: 6.4 g/L

Size: 750ml

2016 CHARDONNAY

Retail Price: $18.00

Only a few cases remain, buy this 90 point wine now!

This is a rich California Chardonnay with lush flavors of tropical fruit, green apple, citrus and a hint of richness from minimal barrel aging.  This vintage is a hit with wine lovers, but it won't be around for much longer - buy it while you can.
 
Overall, 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years. While the drought was far from over, we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring. The good weather continued through the summer with no damaging heat spikes. Harvest started and ended early, yields were reduced a little, but the quality and flavor of the grapes were stellar.    
 
We harvest 70% of our Chardonnay at night when the grapes are cool to retain the natural acidity, then cold ferment those lots in stainless steel, without malolactic fermentation or barrel aging, to highlight the citrus and green apple flavors. To add balance to the wine, we whole-cluster press 30% of the best fruit and barrel ferment that portion in French oak barrels. The barrel fermented lots underwent also underwent secondary malolactic fermentation and aged on the lees for six to eight months to develop roundness and body.
 
There are fresh fruit aromas of apple, pear, pineapple, and vanilla mixed with floral notes and slight oak in the glass. The 2016 is rich and creamy with slight citrus notes along with crisp flavors of pear, apple, tropical fruits and nectarines. The Viognier adds a slight floral component and a rich mouth-feel. This vintage has bright acidity, nice balance and a very long aftertaste.
 

ACCOLADES:

2016:  90 points - Wine Advocate
2016:  91 points & Gold Medal - Orange County (CA) Fair Commercial Wine Competition
2016:  Double Gold Medal & Best of Class of Region - 2018 East Meets West Wine Challenge
2016:  Gold Medal - Houston Livestock & Rodeo International Wine Competition