97 Points - PLATINUM - 2019 Decanter Wine Awards
93 Points - GOLD - EXCEPTIONAL - 2019 World Wine Championships
92+ Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate - October 29, 2018
91 Points- Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2019
The 2016 Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay opens with fresh lemon and orange aromas followed by more subtle notes of lemon zest and a hue of marzipan. These notes follow onto the palate, with balanced acidity that carries through from the first sip to the last, giving the wine great freshness and minerality. A perfect wine for aging in your cellar, and delicious now for your next dinner party. Enjoy with herb-crusted pork ribs, grilled chicken Caesar salad, poached salmon and more.
Vintage: The string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. We were able to have almost all our grapes safely in the cellar before the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October fourteenth.
Vineyard: This Chardonnay thrives American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Pablo Bay, which spills into the San Francisco Bay. The cool maritime breezes and morning fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen to develop complex flavors while maintaining a pleasing natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. Farmed all naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley Estate
Harvest date: Aug. 31 - Sept. 16, 2016
Sugar: 23.5 Brix (average)
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Total acid: 7.0 g/L
Aging: Fermented and aged 10 months
Type of oak: French oak; 75% neutral, 25% new
Bottling date: July 2017
Release date: July 2019
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