Vintage 2016
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

The Barrel Selection Chardonnay is a small bottling of the most expressive barrel lots in a given vintage. The 2016 Barrel Selection Chardonnay is an elegant homage to the beautiful aromatics and flavor characteristics Chardonnay exhibits when the fruit is allowed to express itself.

92 Points - Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Chardonnay Barrel Selection is all barrel-fermented with 50% new oak and no malolactic fermentation. It has a tropical nose of fresh pineapple and green mango with melon, brioche and toasted almonds in the background plus a hint of ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate has a beautiful satiny texture and seamless acidity lifting the intense tropical flavors, finishing with a citrusy lift. 500 cases were made." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Barrel Selection Chardonnay is an elegant homage to the beautiful aromatics  and  flavor  characteristics  Chardonnay  exhibits  when  the  fruit  is  allowed to express itself. Delicate notes of Key lime, Asian pear spice, freshly cut  straw,  lightly  toasted  almond  and  brioche  all  come  together  in  layers  of  mouthwatering complexity and depth. On the palate you’ll find more citrus, lemon oil, wet slate and hints of nutmeg which all envelop into a luxurious, succulent and vibrant lengthy finish. The oak is exceptionally well-integrated and  enhances  the  nuanced  spice  complexity  and  elegant  mouthfeel  without  overpowering the wine’s notable acidity. This Chardonnay invites you to dive into  the  glass  to  discover  more  and  more  –  and  although  quite  complex,  is  incredibly easy and enjoyable to drink. 

Vineyard Notes

The 2016 Barrel Selection Chardonnay was crafted with grapes grown in the Carneros appellation in southern Napa Valley, located along the seaside on the north side of the San Pablo Bay.  Here maritime fogs roll across, blown in by cooling Pacific winds and then burned away again by the generous California sun, cooling these vineyards throughout the growing season, allowing for ideal preservation of acidity.  Known for producing great wines, this undulating, gravelly bayside terrain continues to inspire exploration and discovery, and consistently produces Chardonnay ideal for our style of winemaking with crisp fruit flavors and bright acidity.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought was causing concern as the 2016 growing season began, but some winter rain hinted at the relief  to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall with mild temperatures in February. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter 2015, with the extended season balancing the acidity in each varietal and added complexity to the layers of  flavors. This resulted in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor.

Winemaking Notes

The Barrel Selection Chardonnay is a small bottling of the most expressive barrel lots in a given vintage.  50% of the wine was fermented and aged in new French oak barrels and the remaining 50% in seasoned French oak.  This specific barrel treatment helps preserve the essential purity of the fruit while adding subtle notes of oak complexity.  The 2016 vintage, as usual, did not undergo malolactic fermentation to further maintain the fruit’s natural acidity and aromatic freshness.  The wine was bottled after just nine months of maturation with a weekly batonnage (lees stirring), putting the yeast lees in suspension in order to release subtle aromatics, increase the mouthfeel and prevent reduction. 

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
ABV: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 430