Carneros Collines Vineyard Chardonnay

2016

From our Collines Vineyard estate in the cool Carneros region comes this distinctive, complex, deeply golden Chardonnay. Aromas are inviting with notes of oak, vanilla, citrus, apples, and pineapple. This single vineyard produces a structured and voluptuous Chardonnay with generous fruit flavors of apple, citrus, and tropical fruit, with nuances of caramel and spice from oak aging. A nutty character and notes of apple crumble complement the bright citrus accents. The silky, creamy mouthfeel combines with bright acidity and leads to a clean, lingering finish.

Size
750 ml
Add To Cart
$48.00
 
SKU: PRCHCN16B
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TASTING NOTES

Tasting Notes
Aromas are inviting with notes of oak, vanilla, citrus, apples, and pineapple. This single vineyard produces a structured and voluptuous Chardonnay with generous fruit flavors of apple, citrus, and tropical fruit, with nuances of caramel and spice from oak aging. A nutty character and notes of apple crumble complement the bright citrus accents. The silky, creamy mouthfeel combines with bright acidity and leads to a clean, lingering finish.

Production NOTES

Production Notes
The 2016 harvest marks the fifth great vintage in a row. Although it was another drought year and yields tended to be a bit lower, the quality was very high. The year started out hot, then became cold, then turned hot again, and October began one of the heaviest rain seasons this region has seen in many years. Our Chardonnay was hand harvested at night, then quickly sorted and pressed in full cluster. The Collines Vineyard Chardonnay represents a distinct shift in our Chardonnay program. The grapes were allowed to ferment with native yeasts, which added layers of complexity. Post-fermentation, the wine was cooled to delay native malolactic fermentation until spring. Winemaker Michael Beaulac allows plenty of lees contact during aging and stirs routinely to enhance a creamy mouthfeel. The wine aged in 50 percent new French oak barrels for 12 months and stainless steel tanks for 2 months. Michael’s goal was to make a serious Chardonnay on par with Pine Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignons.

Vineyard NOTES

Vineyard Notes
Our Collines Vineyard benefits from cool, foggy mornings and afternoon breezes from nearby San Pablo Bay. These conditions are ideal for growing Chardonnay and contribute to a slow and even rate of fruit maturity, leading to optimal balance of sugar and acid. This 38-acre vineyard is planted with devigorating rootstock and features a number of Dijon clones, including 76, 95, 96, and 548, which tend to yield high acidity.

Food Pairings

Food Pairing Notes
Seafood, such as ceviche or a white fish in cream sauce, is a natural pairing for Collines Vineyard Chardonnay. Spaghetti carbonara would also make an interesting pairing. This richly styled Chardonnay with its toasty aroma finds an echo in aged Comté, a classic cheese from the Jura Mountains of France.

Wine Analysis

  • VINTAGE
    Vintage
    2016
  • VARIETAL
    Varietal
    Chardonnay
  • COOPERAGE
    Aging
    To add layers of complexity, this wine is fermented with its native yeasts and aged in 50 percent new French oak barrels.
  • WINEMAKER
    Michael Beaulac
  • APPELATION
    Appellation
    Carneros, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    Alcohol %
    13.9