2016 Chardonnay, Carneros

CARNEROS, NAPA VALLEY
$38.00 per bottle   /   $32.30 club price
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This Carneros Chardonnay has attractive aromas of Fuji apples, tangerines, lemon curd, honeydew melon, cotton candy, baking spices, and a perception of chalky limestone minerality. It is rich and softly textured with a very long, creamy finish. Its palate provides a full-bodied wine with fresh nectarines, apple compote, croissant, nutmeg, white flowers, and a touch of lime peel. Enjoyable now and through 2019 with proper cellaring.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The Chardonnay clone used for this wine is UCD 6, developed by UC Davis. After handpicking, the fruit was hand sorted and whole cluster pressed in a gentle Champagne cycle. e juice was then immediately sent to barrels dirty on its heavy lees solids. The Chardonnay then underwent a native yeast barrel fermentation in 100% French oak barrels (25% new and 75% neutral). Approximately 75% of this wine went through malolactic fermentation to enhance body and mouthfeel. Lees stirring was performed every 2 weeks during its life to also build upon body, texture, and structure. Overall, the wine was aged on the lees for 10 months before filltration and bottling.

THE VINTAGE

2016 was a remarkable growing season for Chardonnay grapes in the Carneros District. This vintage is deemed to be a long, cool season overall with plenty of warm days in the spring and summer months, which allowed the fruit to develop slowly, yet ripen at a good pace. The fruit was handpicked on September 17, 2016 at optimal flavors and ripeness.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Napa Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.4%