In the glass, our 2016 Chardonnay displays a pale yellow hue. Its aromas are reminiscent of walking through a flower garden in spring—with redolent white flower, honeysuckle and orange blossom. On the palate the wine is lean and focused, with rich warmth and unifying acidity. Hints of minerality reveal themselves over a finish of incredible depth and length. Enjoy this wine in its youth or over the next 10 to 15 years while it continues to develop in the bottle.
We handpicked each block and delivered firm, cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. After gentle pressing, the wine settled for 24 hours, followed by a carefully monitored racking to barrel. We transferred to 76% new French oak from cooperages including Damy, François Frères, and Remond. Native yeasts slowly guided alcoholic fermentation, with careful bâtonnage until malolactic fermentation completion. The wine was aged in barrel for 15 months, upon which it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The 2016 vintage showcases elegance and purity of fruit, as the growing season shifted to a more normal timeframe after the previous three vintages had an early start. The growing season started off with above-normal temperatures that eased into more moderate June weather. The last days of August and first of September marked a minor heat spell, that brought the vines out of their slow, methodical ripening. When the temperatures increased, extra care was taken by the vineyard team and our multiple passes through the vineyard paid off—we harvested each block of our Wayfarer Vineyard at peak ripeness, for wines with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity.
Blocks Map2, 12, 17, 27, 28, 29
Berlenbach Old Wente, Hyde Old Wente, Mount Eden, Dijon 95
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August, 13 2018
Starting with the Chardonnay, the 2016 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is an extraordinary effort as well as world-class.
Offering an ultra-pure bouquet of white flowers, tangerine, crushed citrus, and hints of brioche and marzipan, it hits the
palate with medium-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, riveting acidity, and a great, great finish. It’s certainly one
the gems in the great vintage and is going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and keep for 15+ years.
Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018
The 2016 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard opens with beguiling scents of fresh ginger, orange blossoms, baking bread, toasted almonds and beeswax with a core of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon meringue pie and green mango. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with tropical and citrus fruit goodness, supported by a racy line of acid and finishing on a persistent gingery note.
James Laube, Wine Spectator, August 2018
Firm and fleshy, with good cut to the focused green pear, Granny Smith apple and kiwifruit flavors. Hints of dried tarragon show on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2022. 740 cases made.
- Bibiana González Rave
- Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
- Double Guyot
- Vine Yield:
- 3 pounds per vine
- September 14 - 22, 2016
- December 11, 2017
- Fall 2018
- 100% Chardonnay
- Cases Produced: