2016 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Best of Varietal, Best of Class & Double Gold
- New World International Wine Competition - Feb 2018
Gold Medal - Monterey Wine Competition - Feb 2018
Gold Medal - Pacific Rim Wine Competition - April 2018
Gold Medal - Press Democrat “North Coast” Wine Challenge - April 2018
Aromatic, and beautifully balanced, has a wide array of tropical/citrus notes and maintains the PERFECT acidity and freshness so vital to great Chardonnay. Aromas of stone fruit, lemon zest and a hint of vanilla, lead to a rich and enveloping palate of lychee fruit and toasted almonds. Fermented in 34% new French oak for 9 months. Aged on the lees, and hand stirred regularly promoting depth and longevity. Really well-made wine. Load up! Perfect for summer drinking. Medium to full bodied with great length, this is early evidence that the hype about 2016 is true, and we may have another stellar vintage to look forward to. Chardonnay lovers will not want to miss this one.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 100% Carneros - 76% Napa, 24% Sonoma
Harvest Date: September 2nd - October 1st, 2016
Acid: 0.62 g/100ml
Aging: Barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once and 33% twice-filled French oak barrels for 9 months.
Wine Maker: Todd Graff
Tasting Notes PDF
About The Winery...
Frank Family Vineyards wines are produced in small quantities and currently sold only at the winery and a handful of select restaurants and wine shops. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick, stone walls, high-stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost in winery ambience. The winery provides separate tasting areas for sparkling wines and still wines. Just outside, to the south of the building, visitors are welcome to sit under the giant oak trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy spectacular vineyard views.
Learn more at www.frankfamilyvineyards.com.