Grapes for the 2016 Reserve Collection Chardonnay were selected mostly from the Mueller vineyard in Carneros. Located in the southwestern portion of Napa Valley,
this vineyard is a level site with characteristics typical of the region; thin clay soils, frequent wind and significant cloud cover. This vineyard offers ideal conditions for Chardonnay, giving the fruit an extended ripening period and creating greater complexity in the resulting wine.
The 2016 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures, though welcomed rains occurred in the late winter and early spring after
years of drought.Bud break was early, however slowed with April showers leading to a harvest that was still early, though with a heavier crop than the 2015 vintage.
“This bright, inviting wine showcases aromas of fresh vanilla, citrus, bosc pear and fuji apples, framed by hints of light toast notes and roasted almonds. It is
unmistakably Chardonnay, with its refreshing acidity and complex flavors of pear, ripe Meyer lemon, nice mouthfeel. A creamy, supple texture complements the nice
acidity and soft caramel, nutty oak finish.” —Joe Shirley