2016 was, overall, a winemaker’s vintage. After a relatively warm spring and early summer, hot weather subsided, and temperatures were cool, even, and consistent from August to November. Nights were especially chilly, giving the vines a welcome reprieve and adding to the brightness, energy, and freshness of the vintage.
This bottling’s rich golden straw color sets the stage for a lush and complex Chardonnay. On the nose, baked Gravenstein apples dominate, complete with warm baking spices, browned butter, marzipan, and toasted shortbread. A hint of floral and lemon zest lifts the rich tones and brings balance to the aromas. The palette holds a tremendous amount of freshness through Meyer Lemon, pear skin and a hint of honeydew before secondary (and warmer) notes of baking spice and toasted sourdough emerge. The acidity is incredibly vibrant and juicy (the product of such a long and cool ripening season), bringing wet rock and a lovely salinity to the finish.