Nose

It opens with a fresh, floral nose with bright citrus notes and balanced with a touch of vanilla.

Palate

With a crisp mouthfeel, this wine displays a nicely balanced acidity and culminates with a smooth finish that makes it the perfect pairing with a variety of dishes.

Growing Conditions

The 2016 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring led to a steady mild July and August, followed by warm days at the end of the season for the perfect ripeness. With warm days and cool nights in the summer, grape growers were able to maintain ideal acid levels with balanced, concentrated fruit flavors.

Winemaking

Our 2016 R Collection Chardonnay is an exquisitely balanced and crisp Chardonnay primarily fermented in stainless steel tanks and only a very small amount of oak, providing a nice alternative to the heavier oaked Chardonnays. It also underwent a partial malolactic fermentation which develops a gentle creaminess but also retains some acidity for freshness.