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
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.
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.
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.