2016 Roth Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Great wine begins with great fruit and the relationship between terroir, rootstock, clone and vineyard methods is at the heart of it. For the 2016 vintage, we selected pristine vineyards from the coolest parts of the Sonoma Coast to showcase the very best that the region has to oer. The wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie in French, Hungarian and American oak for 8 months, 25% of which were new. Aromas of brioche, lemon meringue, golden delicious apple, and baking spice emerge. The palate is filled with apple, peach, and honeysuckle at the forefront with a touch of lemon zest and vanilla. A crisp minerality and bright acidity linger on the finish.
September 14 – September 16, 2016
Aged sur lie in French, American and Hungarian oak for 8 months
The 2016 vintage in the Sonoma Coast is characterized by its compact harvest and high-quality fruit. Moderate temperatures in spring were followed by warm summer months. This allowed for even ripening and balanced flavors. Cooler than usual weather in September slowed ripening, but the fruit entered the winery in optimum condition. Harvest occurred from September 14 – September 16, 2016.
Our mission at Roth Estate winery is to work with the best vineyards to produce complex, superior quality wines that express true varietal character. Our Chardonnay is a regional blend of Sonoma Coast fruit from vineyards defined by their coastal influence throughout the lengthy region. These cool conditions are caused by the fog and wind that breeze through the Petaluma Gap and lengthen the region’s growing season. The cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean is ideal for bright, vibrant, full-flavored Chardonnay.