Our 2016 vintage is a fresh and fruity Chardonnay mellowed by an integrated richness from sur-lie aging. Bright tropical aromas are joined by vanilla aromatics that follow through to the palate. With a balance between the fruit notes and fresh creamery butter, it is a pleasing style with both richness and freshness.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
Our Estate Grown Chardonnay Vineyards in the Clarksburg Appellation consistently create unique tropical fruit flavors. With the cold evenings and breezy afternoons,
the conditions are ideal for perfect acid, pH balance, and strong fruit flavors.
With above average winter rains, we began the 2016 growing season with enough moisture in the soil profile to delay the start of irrigation. This allowed the vines to grow at their own pace until the crucial time when we began spoon feeding water
to control vigor. Warm daytime temperatures and cool nights resulted in all varietals
ripening quickly in the first half of the season, but as we came closer to fall, the late ripening varietals took their time reaching maturity. What developed was a long
harvest, beginning at the end of July and lasting until the end of October, just before the first major fall rainstorm; lucky for us 99% of our vineyards were harvested.
The outcome is a season with average to above-average yields and winemakers please with the quality.