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2016 Green Acres Chardonnay

For our series of vineyard designate wines, we’ve drawn small lots of fruit from the best of our estate vineyard sites.  Available in very small amounts, these wines showcase the extraordinary individual character of each vineyard’s terroir and clonal selections.

ACCOLADES

95+ Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard opens with beguiling scents of pineapple, green mango, white peaches and lemon curd with hints of orange blossoms, almond croissant and honeycomb. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals an incredible intensity of tropical and citrus layers, with a seamless line of freshness and silken texture, finishing very long and savory.  — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

92 Points – Wine Spectator

A plush and fruity style, with peach and pear tart flavors that feature plenty of buttery accents. The supple finish offers lemon meringue notes. Drink now through 2022.  — Kim Marcus

 

TASTING NOTES

The aromatics offer sweet nectar of apple blossoms and alpine wildflowers with hints of citrus and white pears. The silky texture is balanced with mineral-driven acidity. The palate is filled with comforts of baked peaches, pears and apples in subtle tension with golden straw and brioche. The mouthfeel is broad and generous leaning into an extensive finish.

Wine Details

Vineyard Source Green Acres Vineyard
Clone 50% Hyde, 50% Wente
Harvest Date Hyde on 8/30/16, Wente on 9/2/16
Fermentation 100% barrel aged in French oak, stirred on lees every two weeks.
Barrel Aging 25% new oak, medium toast. 16 months in Vicard and Francois Frere barrels.
Alcohol 14.5
pH 3.65
Total Acid 5.97 g/L
Winemaker James MacPhail
Cases Produced 79
Release Date September 2018
Retail Price $65.00

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THE 2016 VINTAGE

The 2016 growing season was welcomed with abundant and consistent winter rainfalls to replenish the earth and provide ample supply of water. Bud break arrived slightly early followed by April showers. As warmer days arrived, the vines thrived in steady and mild summer temperatures. Our vineyards bask in the generous daytime sunlight and a predominantly maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay which brings cool temperate fog and afternoon breeze. These moderate growing conditions promote long and even ripening with natural acidity balance and full, complex flavor maturity. Our farming approach is low-impact, and in harmony with Mother Nature. Harvest begins in the early morning hours during the coolest part of the day; with yields below average for this vintage.