2016 Firestone Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Ynez Valley
Our Reserve Chardonnay comes from our oldest Chardonnay vines on the property. High stress on this vineyard block causes low yields and small clusters that are packed with dense flavors. This 2016 Chardonnay offers fruit aromas of citrus, pear and red apple. The palate is strikingly rich and balanced with flavors of apple, toasted brioche, butterscotch and baking spice making way to a soft, creamy finish.
Santa Ynez Valley
August 23 – October 8, 2016
13 months in French oak, 30% new
December 12, 2017
2016 was another vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. An early bud break in the third week of February and a warm spring led to a slightly earlier bloom. Summer temperatures were mild and warm resulting in a good fruit set and average yields. We harvested all the fruit on August 23 – October 8, 2016 in cool temperatures to ensure cold fruit at pressing.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.
Only 388 cases produced