2016 The Four Graces Gran Moraine Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton
As the sole Chardonnay produced at our winery, the Gran Moraine Chardonnay is bright, fruit forward and elegant. Each swirl of the 2016 Gran Moraine Chardonnay releases aromas of Asian pear, honeysuckle and Meyer lemon. The aroma is followed by well integrated flavors of lemon curd and kiwi with a finish of crème fraiche and lemon meringue. This is a full bodied, balanced Chardonnay with a vibrant finish.
September 12th, 2016
10 months in French oak, 30% new
The 2016 vintage was defined by its early start, moderate temperatures and overall high quality. The season began with a warmer than average winter which led to an early spring and bud break. Temperatures remained warm yet moderate in the summer months with no extreme heat spikes. These conditions allowed for even ripening, balanced vines and opulent flavor development. The early start to the growing season and consistently warm summer led to one of the earliest harvests on record. The fruit had smaller berry size and moderate yields, with harvest occurring on September 12th, 2016.
The grapes for this Chardonnay come from block 209 of the Gran Moraine vineyard in the Yamhill Carlton appellation.
Only 175 cases produced