2016 Estate Chardonnay
The coastal fog that covers these vineyards on our rolling hills allows the grapes to ripen slowly, and give the flavors time to develop.
THE GROWING SEASON:
2016 was another fantastic growing year in the Russian River Valley. Yields were larger than that of 2015 while a slightly cooler August allowed the clusters to mature more slowly and evenly than that vintage, providing great flavor and color development.
Our Chardonnay grapes are crushed , de-stemmed and pressed immediately. The juice is then fermented in French oak barrels. The wine goes through a malolactic fermentation that naturally creates a light buttery flavor and softens the mouth feel. While on its lees the wine is hand stirred in barrel once a month, and topped twice a month for eight months. This process develops additional complexity of flavors and aromas in the wine.