Dazzling aromas of lemon peel, marmalade and ginger rise from the glass, followed by exotic floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. On the palate, this age-worthy wine is zesty and beautifully structured, offering radiant layers of orange, yellow plum and rose water that glide to a bright, impeccably balanced finish.
The 2016 growing season delivered a gorgeous Summit Chardonnay, with head-turning layers of orange marmalade, yellow plum, rosewater, hazelnut, jasmine and honeysuckle. The gorgeous high-tone elements are echoed on the palate, where they are underscored by a rich, creamy mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity, which contributes to a vibrant and focused finish.
Near the summit of our vineyard is our prized Block Five. Largely planted to the highly aromatic clone 809, this north-facing block features red volcanic soils that contribute to tiny clusters and low yields. Made from a core of clone 809 grapes, our Summit Chardonnay captures the essence of this block.
With abundant winter rainfall, and a warm February, the 2016 growing season had an early budbreak. The early start to the season was followed by a warm summer without any significant heat events, and an ideally timed cooldown in August. The result was a robust crop of exceptional quality. We began harvesting our Chardonnay in mid-August and were done by September 12th, with average Brix of 21.0 to 22.5˚.
The clone 809 portion of this Chardonnay (50%) was settled for 24 hours before pressing. The French oak barrels used for fermentation and aging included 25% acacia, which was selected to underscore the intense 809 aromatics without imparting significant tannins. All indigenous yeasts were used and the wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. Our Summit Chardonnay was aged for nine months sur lie in one- to two-year-old barrels.