2016 Foley Johnson Chardonnay, Carneros
Aromas are concentrated and complex in our 2016 Carneros Chardonnay. Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand on the palate with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafer. This wine’s balance and structure coupled with its bright acidity makes it an age-worthy wine to be enjoyed for several years.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this beauty with a succulent roasted chicken and wild mushroom risotto.
September 22, 2016
10 months in new and used American oak barrles; 45% new
August 10, 2017
Produced by guest winemaker Steve Nelson, this wine features fruit from special vineyard sites in the Carneros AVA: Marcucci and Ramal, utilizing Chardonnay clones 2 and 4. The juice was fermented with native and inoculated yeast and aged in American oak barrels (45% new) for 10 months. Full malolactic fermentation and regular lees stirring with monthly bâtonnage brought additional richness and complexity to the palate.
2016 was an ideal growing season with consistent weather throughout the year. It was another early start to harvest, and temperatures remained relatively mild with warmer days that helped bring the grapes to their optimal maturity. The Chardonnay reached full maturity and produced around 3.0 tons per acre at the time of harvest on September 22, 2016. Overall, it was another extraordinary vintage in Carneros.