2016 Sebastiani Patrick's Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros
The 2016 Patrick’s Chardonnay bursts with aromas of toasted almond with a rich background of baked apples, clove and vanilla. The palate is rich and full bodied, with flavors of pear, apricot and an inherent sweetness from the French oak aging, though it is bone dry. Lingering flavors of hazelnut and ripe peach intermingle with a nice acidity that carries throughout. Our richest and most unctuous style from this vineyard. - David Nakaji, Winemaker
16 months in French oak (70% new)
After hand picking and whole-cluster pressing, the two different clonal lots were barrel fermented and aged sur lie in French oak (70% new). Aggressive stirring enhanced the aromatics, texture and flavors. We went through an initial barrel selection process to identify superior lots. We then did a second barrel selection to create the best possible final blend. The wine was barrel aged for 16 months prior to bottling.
Patrick’s Vineyard is named after owner Bill Foley’s son. It is an exposed, rolling site in lower Carneros, close to San Pablo Bay. The cool, foggy, windy climate and marine soils at Patrick’s are ideal for full-bodied, well-structured Chardonnay. The vineyard is planted to three excellent, low-production clones: #6, #17 (better known as the Robert Young Selection), and #95. The grapes are grown on a divided canopy to increase sun exposure resulting in more “yellow fruit” as opposed to green flavors. This is consistently Sebastiani’s best vineyard for Chardonnay. 2016 produced exceptional quality fruit in Carneros. Warm temperatures in late winter and early spring pushed bud break ahead of schedule. A little unsettled weather during berry set led to some reduced yields, but overall we came in at the low end of average. The summer months were moderately warm with few heat spikes. Overall, the mild season gave us wines of ample ripeness and great complexity.