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2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a limited signature appellation bottling.  This series of wines offer a hallmark style of balance and power, capturing the soul of a region.  Each wine is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, paying close attention to showcasing the terroir of the Sonoma Coast region.

ACCOLADES

91 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.   — Kim Marcus

92 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast offers an enticing nose of pink grapefruit, guava, nectarines and pineapple with touches of cashews, brioche and crème brûlée. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with satiny-textured tropical fruits, with a racy line to deliver plenty of freshness through the long, toasty finish.  — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

92 Points – The Tasting Panel

Juicy with mineral notes and ripe pear; elegant and balanced; long, fresh, and stylish with finesse and nuance; the first wine from the family farming this world-famous vineyard.  — Anthony Dias Blue

91 Points – California Grapevine

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, assertive, green apple and stone fruit aroma with hints of honeysuckle and lemon curd; medium-full body; supple, fleshy, lemon and apple flavors with a mineral note, and a rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel; lingering after- taste. Nicely balanced and enjoyable to drink now and over the next year or two. Very highly recommended.  — Nick Ponomareff

 

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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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.