2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Produced using hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards within the Sonoma Coast appellation, CrossBarn Chardonnay offers structure and weight in balance with pure concentrated fruit. The 2016 ripening season was cooler on average than the previous three, with lower daytime highs and colder nights. Although harvest started a week earlier than average the fruit quality was high given the even growing season. No significant heat spikes during ripening took place, yet fruit came in all at once over a two to three-week period.
· Hand-harvested grapes
· Pressed whole-cluster
· 90% stainless, 10% barrel fermented
· Native and selected yeast strains
· Native malolactic fermentation; 100%
· 5 months sur lie; weekly bâtonnage
· Assemblage January 24, 2017
· Minimal SO2 additions
· Bottled unfined
Our chardonnay showcases the fresh and lively essence of the Sonoma Coast appellation, offering a brilliant, pale yellow color and enticing aromas of lemon curd, warm brioche and fragrant white florals. Flavors of custard and golden delicious apple are accented by a hint of baking spice, mineral and sea salt. The lengthy finish is crisp and clean, uniting vibrant fruit with bracing acidity.