2016 J Chardonnay, STRATA

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The beautifully age-worthy 2016 STRATA Chardonnay opens with notes of warm, flaky toasted brioche. On the rich, complex palate, abundant notes of orange marmalade, spiced honey, ripe apricot and nutmeg are lifted by underlying hints of crisp minerality. A bite of zesty, food-friendly acidity at the finish leaves the palate refreshed. Try this wine with roasted pheasant with roasted parsnips and a chestnut purée, miso-glazed cod with roasted shitake mushrooms or a fine, aged cheddar cheese. 

Vintage Comments 

In 2016, the growing season in the Russian River Valley was warm and dry. Following suit with the four previous vintages, 2016 continued to be an earlier, more compact growing season. Plenty of winter rains and a warm spring brought on early budbreak and a warm, fast-paced summer growing season. Another early harvest, 2016 finished a full 10 days earlier than average. Consistent warm temperatures through September rewarded us with incredible intensity and depth. 

Winemaking 

The grapes for the 2016 STRATA Chardonnay were sourced from three incredible vineyards throughout the cool-climate Russian River Valley. In addition to showcasing expert winemaking blending, the lots chosen for inclusion in our STRATA Chardonnay feature the distinctive terroir–driven lemon cream and focused minerality qualities of this ideal Chardonnay growing region. 

Grapes were hand harvested in early September at 23.5 Brix, then whole clusters gently pressed to obtain clean juice. After two days of settling, juice was racked to barrels for a long, slow and cool barrel fermentation that allowed the wine to develop refined fruit notes. Three months of malolactic sur-lie fermentation delivered the wine’s creamy, silky character. We used tight-grain French oak barrels, 34% new, for nine months’ aging, giving the wine hints of toasty character and elegant hints of vanilla. 

Technical Notes

Clones::
Old Robert Young, Wente
Harvest Date::
September 3-28, 2016
Aging::
100% tight grain French oak, 34% new, for 9 months
Alcohol::
14.3%
Acid::
0.62 g/100ml
pH::
3.46

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