Nose

Our 2016 offers intriguing and complex aromas of baked apple, hint of butterscotch, toasty oak, vanilla, hazelnut, and cardamom.

Palate

Flavors suggest tart apple and lemon zest supported by a vibrant mouth with wonderful complexity. The angular structure keeps all the components in check but a powerful finish surprises with a touch of creaminess.

Growing Conditions

We were rewarded with another outstanding vintage in 2016. Sunshine and a warm dry spring led to mild and ideal growing conditions throughout the summer. Because of late winter rains, the vines began their growing season a little happier and less stressed than in 2015. With no weather extremes to interfere, grapes ripened slowly and evenly, resulting in beautiful concentration of flavor and aromas.

Bottling

Bottling Date: August 8, 2017

Winemaking

Grapes were whole-clustered pressed, settled overnight and then racked to barrel. Each barrel was inoculated with a yeast strain chosen for its ability to ferment slowly and not generate much heat, critical in barrel fermentation. The goal was to preserve aromatics and add complexity. Fermentation: Barrel fermentation 10 days at 72º

Aging

The wine was aged sur-lie for 10 months. 100% French Oak.

Appearance

A precise and inviting tinge of gold announces this is Chardonnay.