Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Chardonnay
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

Bright and complex, with beautiful aromatics of lemon zest, crisp and creamy white peach and fresh tangerine.

92 Points, The 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, Wine Advocate

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. Sourced from vineyards located in close proximity to the San Pablo Bay, where fog helps to cool the vineyard throughout the growing season, the Chardonnay fruit exhibits 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.