Neyers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, Carneros, Sonoma County, California, USA
The 2016 vintage was great for Chardonnay, giving us
long, sunny days with mild temperatures that retained
the fruit’s natural acidity. Our fermentation was carried
out in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels
using native wild yeast, and periodically lees stirring. The
finished wine is rich and creamy with a charming
butterscotch component, and a trace of grilled bread in
Schug Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma Coast, California, USA$29.00
Schug crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d’oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.
La Chertosa Reserve Chardonnay 2016$25.00
La Chertosa Reserve Chardonnay is created from vines located on three different sites with three different clones, on the Wildwood Vineyards in North Eastern Sonoma Valley. The reason for this is to develop layers of flavor due to the site and clonal variation. The vintners select vineyard sites with red soil because the complexities of red soil create a full mouth-feel and depth. The Sonoma Valley provides the perfect growing conditions for Chardonnay grapes. The cool climate extends the growing season, allowing them to hang on the vine longer and mature slowly with optimum richness of character. A warm year and exceptional red soil produced this delicious Chardonnay from the Wildwood Vineyards in Northern Sonoma Valley. The finished wine is a brilliant gold color, full body and a complex layer of varietal flavors well-balanced to the toasty oak character. A long, smooth finish makes this a wine to thoroughly enjoy with food. Only 775 cases produced.
Rabble Chardonnay 2016$26.00
Murmur Vineyard in Santa Maria is at the confluence of sun, snow, stream and sea. Planted in 2008 on south-facing sandy slopes, the vineyard is just 12 miles from the Pacific Coast. 25 degree diurnal shifts, snow dustings, summer sun, bitter winds, and dense fog are commonplace. The extremity of the climate creates fruit of uncommon concentration and uniform ripeness. The Rabble Chardonnay 2016 features a bright and floral nose with tangerine peel, white peach, jasmine flowers lemon oil and pastry. Lush and round it wraps around the palate with bursts of kiwi, passion fruit, and underlined lemon pith. The finish is juicy with subtle minerality, clean ripe citrus and wet stone.