2016 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
Price $60.00, $48.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Freestone Vineyards.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 9 - 29, 2016
Aging/Cooperage Thirteen months in 35% new and 66% two- to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels.
Winemaking Data On the Sonoma Coast, our vineyards are picked under lights to preserve fruit integrity and freshness in the fruit, followed by whole cluster pressing cold directly to barrel for fermentation. Barrels were stirred as necessary during a long malolactic fermentation, resulting in a luscious, textured wine.
Winemaker Notes The 2016 Chardonnay has a fragrant bouquet mix of honeysuckle, green apple and lemon peel with richly layered baked apple, stone fruit and a light toasty oak influence. A bright and focused wine with pleasing mouth feel and a delicate tropical touch on the finish.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Sonoma Coast growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in an early bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. The 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, especially in August and September, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the Chardonnay blocks.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Year after year, this wine from this spectacular cool-climate site impresses. Crisp notions of green apple are followed by high-toned acidity etched in Meyer lemon and Key lime flavors. The fresh, fruity core is given a grip of oak on the finish. -VB (June 2018)
94 Points - James Suckling
Love the salty and mineral character to this wine with lime and lemon undertones. Zest and creamy undertones, too. Full body and tangy acidity. Intensely long and flavorful. (May 2018)