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Cinnabar Winery

2016 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2016 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

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SKU: 6718

The Taste


Tangerine, Brioche, Sour Lemon

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Chardonnay

Pearson Vineyard, Sunny  Acres Vineyard, and Wrights Station Vineyard

372 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 5-11, 2016
Released May 1, 2018
Age 5-7 years

The Magic

  • 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

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

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.

The Land

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.. 

The Season


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.

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