2016 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Tangerine, Brioche, Sour Lemon
- Whole-cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented using native yeast
- Aged for 11 months in French oak (38% new)
- The lees (yeast cells that settle to the bottom of the barrel) are stirred monthly during fermentation to extract flavor, aroma, and texture
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Chardonnay is the most widely planted white wine grape in California. When grown in a cool region, such as the Santa Cruz Mountains, Chardonnay grapes result in well-structured wines with great aging potential because the cooler climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly, maintaining acidity and lively flavors of green apple, minerality, and citrus.
Pearson Vineyard is 1,200 feet above the town of Woodside on rocky, weathered mountain soils. Sunny Acres is a 4-acre, cane-pruned vineyard 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean on heavy clay soils. At 1,800 feet in elevation lies Wrights Station Vineyard—an old vine, dry-farmed vineyard composed of sand and clay loam soils. These complex soils, plus the maritime influence, produce grapes high in natural acidity for well-structured wines with tremendous ageability..
In 2016, rainfall was higher than it was in the previous 5 years, bringing some relief to an ongoing drought. Temperatures on average were warm, producing grapes that were fully ripe with above-average crop size. Given these conditions, 2016 was a stellar vintage.