Initial citrus and flint stone notes on the nose open to peach and ripe mango, framed by subtle undertones of vanilla blossom. Fresh, yet fruit forward and lush on the palate, well – integrated acidity carries secondary flavors of sweet stone fruit and melon. Oak nuances are beautifully integrated and give this wine unparalleled depth on the mid-palate followed by great minerality, salinity and length.
This string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. We were able to have almost all of our grapes safely in the cellar before the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October fourteenth.
For this wine we select only the best grapes, which are primarily from our oldest block of Chardonnay, the Old Wente clone planted in 1989. Through a combination of clone, age and cool climate, the single block in our estate vineyard in the chilly Carneros region of Napa Valley creates wonderfully rich flavors, balanced with crisp acidity. We farm all our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
barrel fermented with indigenous yeast; no malolactic
Sept. 1-15, 2016
23.5 Brix average
August 10, 2017