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2016

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

Deep straw in color, the 2016 Chardonnay from the Richard Dinner Vineyard offers singular aromas of holiday spice, gardenia, blood orange, and yellow apple peel. Delicate flavors of Forelle pear, rich, flaky pie crust, and earthy white and gray clays are complemented by the wine’s structural depth and weight, yet vaulted by an overall freshness and focused acidity. Highlight this wine’s complexity by pairing with Boudin blanc, fresh pappardelle pasta lightly dressed with lemon cream, or a fresh corn soufflé. Serve at 45°-50° F.

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Harvest Date September 9th, 20th

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; 8 months to completion
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Sur lie aging, biweekly bâtonnage
Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 55% new
Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour
Bottled unfined and unfiltered