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Corley Family Napa Valley

2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay

2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Monticello Vineyards

We have been growing Chardonnay in th Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley for almost 50 years - and making our Estate Grown Chardonnays since 1980. Building on this rich history, our Chardonnay is fermented in small French oak barrels and stainless steel tank. We enjoy combining the two winemaking styles with our Chardonnay, as we find the characteristics of each fermentation complement each other very nicely. The tank fermentations tend to run cooler, resulting in a brighter style of Chardonnay. The barrel lots ferment a little warmer, and with the oak contact and increased surface contact with the yeast, tend to have a fuller mouthfeel expression on the palate.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Oak Knoll District
Aging
It will age gracefully. Drink now through 2023.
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Profile & Ratings
Tasting Notes
This wine displays a rich golden tone, with brilliant clarity. I find expressive aromas of golden apple, figs and ripe pear. These aromas integrate nicely with richer aromas of light caramel, truffle, and a nice complement of toasted vanillin oak. There is an earthy tone that I find very appealing. On the palate, the wine is rich and full on the attack, encompassed by a full-bodied creamy texture, which leads seamlessly into the lingering finish. This wine will benefit from being served slightly chilled, and will age gracefully.
Production Notes
Our 2016 Chardonnay was harvested in 5 separate lots over 18 days. The fruit was hand-picked and cluster sorted prior to being whole cluster pressed. 2016 was a very consistent growing season, and wonderful for our earlier ripening varietals. The majority of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tank, with the balance being fermented in small French oak barrels. I enjoy combining the two winemaking styles with our Chardonnay, as we find the characteristics of each fermentation complement each other very nicely. We utilized 4 different yeast strains in fermenting the individual lots to add deeper complexity to the finished blend. The tank fermentations tend to run cooler, resulting in a brighter style of Chardonnay. The barrel lots ferment a little warmer, and with the oak contact and increased surface contact with the yeast, tend to have a fuller expression on the palate.
Winemaker Notes
This wine will benefit from being served slightly chilled.
Production
100% Chardonnay
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