2016 Aratas Carneros Chardonnay


2016 Aratas Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage is produced from “old Wente” Chardonnay clone planted to vine in the cool AVA of Carneros at the southern end of the Napa Valley. As one of the most sought after Chardonnay clones known for producing liquid gold, this vineyard is planted in tight rows oriented east to west to capture every ray of sunshine while protecting it from burn during the mid day heat. The vineyard is typically dry farmed so water tolerance was good resulting in high quality fruit. An unseasonably warm winter caused bud break to push very early, signs of it were already seen in February so the vineyard manager took a proactive stance and delayed pruning to protect the vines should frost occur. Once summer arrived it all the vineyards in the valley just took off and enjoyed consistent warm temperatures and even ripening. Harvest was fairly early this year and the grapes were harvested on Sept 2, 2016.

The wine went thru 100% malolactic fermentation and sur lie aged for one year in (50% new) Taransaud French oak barrels. Matt painstakingly stirred the wine every two weeks or so to give it its rich creamy texture. Its labor a intensive treatment but the end result gives a wine dimension, roundness and complexity.

100% Chardonnay
Los Carneros-Napa
Aged 1 year in 50% new French Oak barrels
13.9 %Alc./Vol
111 Cases produced
Matt Sunseri, Winemaker

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