2016 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

Clean floral aromas, including honeysuckle and orange blossom, mingle with notes of vanilla, brioche and shaved almonds before leading into a palate of sweet grapefruit and spice. 

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

95 Points

Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 10/31/2017

The 2016 Chardonnay has a lovely savory, yeasty/toasty nose over a core of warm grapefruit, fresh apricots and allspice with a touch of candied ginger. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling stone fruit and spicy layers, supported by great freshness and finishing long and creamy.

94 Points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

Reductive in the best way, this wine opens in a layering of salty brine and oak as a creamy palate reveals itself with power and concentration. Baked apple, gingersnap and cinnamon toast configure around bold structure and moderate acidity, allowing for a fulsome, voluptuous experience.

94 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2018

Rich and generous, offering an outlay of fig, honeydew, anise and light apricot flavors. Shows a measure of finesse and grace. Given the full body, this is quite elegant. Drink now through 2023. 1,900 cases made.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Bibiana Gonzalez Ravé
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 12 to October 3, 2016
Bottled:
August 8, 2017
Released:
March 19, 2018

Our Chardonnay was picked during the cool of the night and each cluster was inspected and hand sorted at the winery before being gravity fed into the bladder press. The juice settled in stainless steel tanks for 24 hours at 50 degrees. After rigorous inspection, we racked the finest lots to new French oak barrels and monitored fermentation daily, stirring the lees only as needed to stimulate the process. After malolactic fermentation, we commingled lots for the first time then barreled down the blend into 100% new François Frères French oak for 11 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

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