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2016

Chardonnay

Ellen Lane Estate
Russian River Valley

The 2016 Chardonnay from the Ellen Lane Estate, white gold in the glass, shows the emblematic refinement, brilliant restraint, yet thrilling focus of the fruit from this site. On the nose, Asian pear, orange blossom, white florals and a cutting, steely minerality. The palate is fresh and alive with flavors of lime zest, golden apple, flint, and sea salt. The creamy mid-palate is focused by laser-like tension and vibrant acidity throughout an enduring finish. Irresistible with a simple shaving of jamón, delicate poached salmon, or creamy Vacherin Mont d’Or. Serve at 45°-50° F.

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Harvest Date September 9th

Growing Season Relative to the preceding three years, the 2016 growing season was notably cooler, with lower than average daytime highs and colder nights. Though harvest commenced a week earlier than typical, the weather remained stable throughout the ripening phase with no significant heat spikes. The result was balanced fruit of optimal quality and a short harvest period, concluding within a two to three-week timeline.

Winemaking

Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field
Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 6 months to completion
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Sur lie aging, biweekly bâtonnage
Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 56% new
Coopers: Damy, Francois Frères, Louis Latour
Bottled unfined and unfiltered