2016 Chardonnay

  • Tasting Notes

    Crystal clear muted golden straw appearance. Aromatic notes of apricot, peach, ripe pineapple, and toasted coconut lead to nutty hints of almond and chestnut. Fresh bright citrus overlays traces of baked lemon bar, honey, and lightly buttered sourdough toast. Well-balanced finish gives off a hint of oak while creamy mouthfeel holds vibrant acidity. Drink now through 2027.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
    • Vineyard Source
      Far West Block — Brown Estate
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Fermentation
      Barrel fermented 25% new French Oak
    • Alcohol
      14% by vol.
    • Production
      300 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our chardonnay vineyard is a bona fide outlier, residing at the far northwest corner of our estate property. The soil in this truly wild west vineyard is a dense gray clay, thick enough to pull your shoe off your foot should you venture out when it’s damp. At four acres it typically yields a mere two tons maximum per acre. The fruit extracts from the clay soil a terrifically complex minerality that sets the resulting wine apart from typical Napa Valley chardonnay offerings.

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