The 2016 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay has an integrated nose of yellow apple and spiced pear with notes of tangerine, cinnamon, and allspice. Subtle jasmine green tea aromas are […]Read More
|Barrel Description||20% new, 20% 1 yr., 20% 2 yr., 40% 3 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
The 2016 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay has an integrated nose of yellow apple and spiced pear with notes of tangerine, cinnamon, and allspice. Subtle jasmine green tea aromas are underlaid with fruit aromas, adding intrigue. Focused in the mouth, the flavors of pear and yellow apple combine with a lifted note of muskmelon in the mid-palate. There is a wonderful tension between the acid and tannin that gives the palate size and length while finishing with a refreshing minerality.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.