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A new offering from our Williams Selyem Estate property on Westside Road, this Chardonnay is sure to please. Planted to 20 different clones and selections of Chardonnay, the […]Read More
|Barrel Description||22% new, 22% 1 yr., 9% 2 yr., 47% 3 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
A new offering from our Williams Selyem Estate property on Westside Road, this Chardonnay is sure to please. Planted to 20 different clones and selections of Chardonnay, the result is a complexity that is unmatched. Notes of white flowers mix with pear, quince, green apple, stone fruit, and melon combine to offer a kaleidoscope of aromas. In the mouth, flavors are diverse with notes of lime, pear, and green apple. The acid is subtle and creates a framework around the tannin structure which gives the wine excellent weight. This is an outstanding wine with lots of ageing potential.
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.