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2016 WindVane Chardonnay

2016 WindVane Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grapes from individual vineyard blocks were gently hand harvested at night into small 30# picking boxes in order to bring the fruit into the winery intact and cold. Then they are gently whole cluster pressed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for cold settling. The racked juice was inoculated and transferred to French oak barrels (20% new) in our barrel caves for barrel fermentation. About 25% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to soften the bright acidity of our Carneros Chardonnay. During monthly topping the barrels were stirred (battonage) to mix the lees to build the supple mouthfeel of the wine. The wine rested for 9 months prior to bottling.

Limited Availability

$25
90

Points
Robert Parker's, The Wine Advocate

2016 WindVane Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grapes from individual vineyard blocks were gently hand harvested at night into small 30# picking boxes in order to bring the fruit into the winery intact and cold. Then they are gently whole cluster pressed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for cold settling. The racked juice was inoculated and transferred to French oak barrels (20% new) in our barrel caves for barrel fermentation. About 25% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to soften the bright acidity of our Carneros Chardonnay. During monthly topping the barrels were stirred (battonage) to mix the lees to build the supple mouthfeel of the wine. The wine rested for 9 months prior to bottling.

Limited Availability

$25

Tasting Notes

The nose opens up with creamy ripe peach and pineapple with a hint of brioche.

The fruit intensifies on mouth adding apricot and a touch of citrus. In the background is sweet toasty oak that serves to support the fruit, and the crisp acidity finishes out with some mineral at the very end.
90
Points
Robert Parker's, The Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Carneros Chardonnay features notes of apple pie, ripe Bosc pears and lemon curd with hints of nutmeg and coriander seed. Medium-bodied, it has a lovely suggestion of oiliness to the texture and plenty of freshness lifting the apple and citrus flavors, finishing on a spicy note.”

Robert Parker's, The Wine Advocate

2016 WindVane Chardonnay

Food & Wine Pairings

The crisp acidity and stone fruit flavors of this unique chardonnay compliments a variety of dishes. Peach on the palette combined with delicate oak pair with grilled peaches with spiced crème fraiche. From the grill try jerk spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple and jalapeño salsa or grilled sweet corn with chipotle lime butter and Cotija cheese.

Additional Information

  • Composition100% Chardonnay
  • Aging9 months in French oak
  • AppellationCarneros
  • Alcohol14.2
  • TA0.67
  • pH3.35

The growing season of 2016 got off to an early start with bloom just a few days later than the record early harvest of 2015. Mild weather through the summer allowed the grapes to ripen at a moderate rate developing deep and intense character. As a result of the early spring, harvest came in early too, beginning a full 2 1/2 weeks earlier than average. Mild weather through the harvest brought the fruit in at a slow pace allowing us to handpick each block at optimal ripeness and get the fruit into the winery early in the day while it’s still cold. The yields were average, a welcome development after the rollercoaster of record highs and lows of recent years. The fruit quality was excellent, and fifinishing up harvest two weeks early gave us more time to enjoy the rest of the autumn.