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2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Part of our Appellation Series of wines, the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a limited signature appellation bottling, offering a hallmark style of balance and power, capturing the soul of a region and are crafted with meticulous attention to detail.

The Vineyard

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.

Tasting Notes

The aromas offer honeysuckle and a bounty of stone fruits, primarily apricots and a faint glimpse of melon. The core of the wine is a mouthful of ripe citrus and honeycrisp apple with a squeeze of lemon zest. Framed by a creamy and rich palate with brisk minerality and hints of vanilla. 

Wine Details

Vineyard Source Green Acres Vineyard and Home Ranch
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 Damy Allier and Francois Frere barrels.
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.63
Total Acid 6.0 g/L
Winemaker James MacPhail
Cases Produced 87
Release Date May 2018
Retail Price $55.00

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