2016 Vera's Vineyard, Chardonnay
The second vintage of our Vera’s Vineyard Chardonnay was 100% barrel fermented in French oak [50% new]. We stir the lees weekly while the wine is undergoing 100% Malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 15 months in the same barrels. This wine boasts a combination of floral, mineral, oaky characters and honey inviting you in to discover more. Soft and creamy on the palate, this wine is coupled with good acidity. It is very balanced and contains flavors of spiced pears, peaches and honeydew melon. To round out this complex and rich Chardonnay, the medium to full-bodied finishes with a touch of vanilla sweetness.
Southern Napa, like its neighbor, Carneros, is open to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, so grapes grown here ripen slowly, developing concentrated flavors. Vera’s vineyard, named to honor Vera Trinchero-Torres has a cool micro climate and chalky soils ideal for producing classic fruit focused Chardonnay.
Universally speaking, 2016 produced lower yields but excellent quality and concentration. Due in part to the drought, but more so an extended period of cool weather during the bloom period in May and June, our grape clusters were on the light side and our berries stayed smaller with thicker skins. The consistently warm summer led to slightly earlier-than-normal ripening on the valley floor and high-stress conditions in our mountain vineyards. The resulting wines are beautifully fruity and focused with terrific acidity.