Santa Barbara, Mendocino & Sonoma Coast, California
2016 marked the last of the drought years and like last year, overall quantity was down, but that naturally pushed the quality level up significantly. Low yields generally help to produce wines of impressive depth and concentration. As with years past, we sourced Chardonnay from marine influenced areas up and down the California coastline where the cool influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates warmer temperatures for optimal growing conditions.
Peach and pear aromas with some toasty vanilla notes. On the palate, the wine is full of lemon curd, tropical fruit and honeysuckle flavors that convey a sense of richness. At the same time, there is a vivacious acid streak that underpins and balances that richness, bringing the wine together for a seamless bright, fruity, delicious Chardonnay to be enjoyed on its own or with an array of foods from popcorn to lobster. -Winemaker's Notes