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2016 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA Image

2016 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA

91 Points - Wine Advocate
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SKU: 008073

Beguiling aromas of lemon meringue, orange blossom and toasted almond. Balanced and full with flavors of Meyer lemon, yellow apple, and crème brûlée follow on the palate. Long, rich and elegant finish.

Ratings
91 Points - Wine Advocate. “The 2016 Chardonnay Estate is scented of ripe Bosc pears, fresh apple slices and nutmeg with hints of peach kernels, lightly browned toast and struck flint. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers plenty of apple and pear goodness, with a satiny texture and lively line, finishing creamy. 14,000 cases produced.” —LPB, WINE ADVOCATE
Winemaker Notes
The 2016 growing season began with an earlier than average bud break and fruit set followed by moderate temperatures in spring and summer. This allowed for even ripening and balanced flavors. Our 2016 Estate Chardonnay expresses beguiling aromas of lemon meringue, orange blossom and a hint of toasted almond from the oak influence. Balanced and full with concentrated flavors of Meyer lemon, yellow apple, and crème brûlée follow on the palate. Our Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.
Composition
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Chalk Hill
Harvest Date
September 19 - October 4, 2016
Sugar
24.9° Avg Brix at harvest
Acid
5.45 g/L
pH
3.65
Aging
11 months in 100% French oak, 42% new
Fermentation
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel;100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
Bottling Date
December 2017
Alcohol %
14.90
Wine Advocate
91
Production Notes
The Chalk Hill 2016 Estate Chardonnay captures the vibrant, complex and classic character of our estate-grown grapes. We are dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. In the vineyard, focused planting of the ideal clone on each vineyard block, managing yields for optimum ripeness and balance, and the work of a dedicated crew are among the keys to our success. Chardonnay is a winemaker’s grape, molded into its most interesting self by native yeast fermentation and aging in carefully chosen French oak barrels and frequent lees stirring. It is a labor-intensive wine, but the rewards are most certainly worth the hard work and attention.