Nose

The 2016 Chardonnay from the Richard Dinner Vineyard offers singular aromas of holiday spice, gardenia, blood orange, and yellow apple peel.

Palate

Delicate flavors of Forelle pear, rich, flaky pie crust, and earthy white and gray clays are complemented by the wine’s structural depth and weight, yet vaulted by an overall freshness and focused acidity.

Growing Conditions

Relative to the preceding three years, the 2016 growing season was notably cooler, with lower than average daytime highs and colder nights. Though harvest commenced a week earlier than typical, the weather remained stable throughout the ripening phase with no significant heat spikes. The result was balanced fruit of optimal quality and a short harvest period, concluding within a two to three-week timeline. Clonal Selection: Old Wente, 72

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2018

Winemaking

 Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field  Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 8 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 55% new; Sur lie aging, biweekly bâtonnage. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour

Appearance

Deep straw in color,

Food Pairing

Highlight this wine’s complexity by pairing with Boudin blanc, fresh pappardelle pasta lightly dressed with lemon cream, or a fresh corn soufflé. Serve at 45°-50° F.