Wine Profile & Ratings
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.
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.
This wine will benefit from being served slightly chilled.