2016 marks our seventh vintage from the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley. Fermented in French oak barrels with native yeast, the wine was aged on the lees (sur lie) and stirred every two weeks to build texture and creaminess in the palate. The wine went through malolactic fermentation to soften the palate and to add complexity to the flavor and aroma.
Refreshing and vibrant, our 2016 Chardonnay offers aromas of stone fruit (white peach), pear, brioche, vanilla, créme brulée, and hints of lemon zest. The rich yet balanced palate presents ripe pear, lemon curd, vanilla cream and Crenshaw melon. Medium body, lush and viscous on the entry leading to crisper, clean citrus fruits through the mid palate and a lively fresh finish. Enjoy!
54% Estate Bon Passe Vineyard – 46% Trefethen Vineyard
The Estate Bon Passe Vineyard and its neighbor the Trefethen Vineyard are both located in the southwestern bench lands of Napa Valley, in the Oak Knoll District.
The 2016 vintage started out like the 2015 vintage with a mild February leading to an earlier bud break of early March. May, June and July were consistently warm and pleasant leading to expectations of another early harvest. With a lack of extreme heat spikes in August and September, and moderate temperatures, we were able to let the fruit hang and gradually ripen. The Chardonnay grapes attained a wonderful balance of flavors and acidity.
100% Barrel fermented with native yeast. The wine was aged sur lie and the lees were stirred every 2 weeks for the first 7 months of aging. The wine was 100% ML inoculated and completed.