2016 Chardonnay Farmstead
“The grapes for this Chardonnay are sourced from a vineyard in the southern part of the Napa Valley, close to the cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay. Primary fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic fermentation in 20 new and 80% neutral oak barrels allows the classic texture of this varietal to shine while preserving the wines natural acidity. Aromatics of meyer lemon, candied orange peel, white flowers and oyster shell marry with a lively textured palate that has a refreshingly acid driven finish." – Tim Wilson
An early bud break, wet spring soils, and a long growing season produced a vintage with excellent quality. A wet spring started fast and rapid growth was met with average summer temperatures, which slowed development and reduced yields. The result was a moderate crop of well-concentrated fruit that ripened fully and slowly before an early harvest.
Food Pairing Notes
Lacinato kale salad with chile pequin, lemon dressing, and toasted Parmesan