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Golden yellow apple aromas mix with notes of spiced pear and starfruit. The spiced pear and crushed rock aromatics are undeniably from the old Wente selection of Chardonnay […]Read More
|Barrel Description||23% new, 15% 1 yr., 15% 2 yr., 47% 3+ yrs|
|Barrel Aged||15 months|
Golden yellow apple aromas mix with notes of spiced pear and starfruit. The spiced pear and crushed rock aromatics are undeniably from the old Wente selection of Chardonnay to which the vineyard is planted. The palate is focused with flavors of yellow and green apple and a touch of quince. Well-structured in the mouth, the wine offers a talcum powder-like texture and a subtle finish of quinine. This wine will pair wonderfully with rich foods.
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.