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2016 Home Ranch 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

93+ Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay Home Ranch has a wonderfully spicy nose of allspice, ginger and coriander seed over a core of honeydew melon, apricots and grapefruit with a hint of marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with spiced stone fruit flavors, followed up by plenty of freshness and finishing long and creamy.  — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

89 Points – Wine Spectator

This offers pear and ripe apple flavors that are filled with buttery accents, featuring creamy notes on the finish, with hints of hazelnut.  Drink now through 2022.  79 cases made.  — Kim Marcus

91 Points – California Grapevine

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, assertive, green apple aroma with tropical notes and hints of rose petal and lemon curd; medium to medium-full body; citrus, pear, and green apple flavors with bright acidity, spicy notes, and some richness in the slightly creamy mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Showed some elegance and complexity as it developed with airing in the glass. Very highly recommended.  –Nick Ponomareff

TASTING NOTES

An elegant and earthy wine. The aromatics mingle fragrant rose petals and citrus blossoms with crisp stone and subtle lemon. A vibrant entry and deliciously creamy texture. This wine expands with notes of Bartlett pears, velvety lemon curd and crème cookies. Ample and full-bodied, unmistakably Carneros with refreshing acidity and complex flavors.

Wine Notes

Vineyard Source Home Ranch Vineyards
Clone 100% Wente
Harvest Date 9/2/2016
Fermentation 100% barrel aged in French oak, stirred on lees every two weeks.
Barrel Aging 25% new oak, medium toast. 16 months in Damy Allier and Francois Frere barrels.
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.69
Total Acid 5.94 g/L
Winemaker James MacPhail
Cases Produced 79
Release Date May 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.