2016 J Chardonnay Barrel 16

  • 750ml
  • $55
  • QTY

Our Barrel 16 Chardonnay is a showcase of our finest Chardonnay lots of the vintage. The wine begins with plentiful aromas of Golden Delicious apple, peach cobbler and honeysuckle. The entry to the wine is rich and supple, developing into restrained spiciness and subtle suggestions of oak. Notes of Anjou pear, tangerine, white florals, ginger and toffee linger on the stunning, silky-textured palate. Pair this with roasted cauliflower gratin with Meyer lemon or pan-seared halibut with parsnip purée; for a cheese pairing, sip alongside aged cheddar with apple butter and fresh honeycomb.

Viticulture Notes

The 2016 vintage in the Russian River Valley was warm and dry. Following suit with the four previous vintages, the year 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 of flavor.

Winemaking Notes

Barrel 16 was created to honor the best of our estate vineyards. The grapes are sourced exclusively from our vineyards located throughout the Russian River Valley and, during the aging period, the winemaking team chooses the vintage’s best barrels for this elegant blend. The sites chosen for this blend represent the diversity of microclimates found in the Russian River Valley and feature an interesting combination of clones (Old Robert Young, clone 17), which each subtly add personality to the wine. Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested at 25 Brix then gently pressed. A long, slow barrel fermentation of the free-run juice allowed the wine to develop a mélange of characteristics, ranging from ripe citrus to spicy clove. For aging, our medium toast tight-grain French oak barrels (42% new) lend hints of toasty crème brûlée without overpowering the fruit. Malolactic fermentation and regular bâtonnage delivered the wine’s creaminess and silky mouthfeel.

Technical Notes

Old Robert Young, clone 17
100% French Oak (42% new)
Harvest Date:
September 2 – September 28, 2016

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