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2016 The Barrel Climber Chardonnay

2016 The Barrel Climber

Chardonnay

SONOMA COASTsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $49.50
RETAIL: $55.00


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Tasting Notes

Just as we do with our cooler-climate Pinot, we strive to deliver a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay that is both nimble and intense; and if you hadn’t noticed, these vineyard blocks have stolen our hearts and become the focus of our Barrel Climber releases over the past few years.

One particular block of the Sangiacomo family’s Green Acres Vineyard rocked us again in 2016, and one delicious new puncheon stood head and shoulders above all the rest for the Barrel Climber series.

Juice from the famed Hyde clone of Chardonnay went straight into a favorite new puncheon for fermentation. The lees were stirred every day for two months for extra layering, texture and complexity. This technique in the big barrel turned out to be exactly what the nervy Green Acres fruit needed, rounding it out just enough without glossing it over with oak flavor.

Intensely flavored (and quite sexy), we’ve already ripped through a few bottles ourselves! That said, we think its best years are ahead of it, so set some aside in your cellar to enjoy over the next decade.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: mid-2019 — 2023
Graceful ageability: 2025+

VINEYARDS

100% Green Acres Hyde Block

CLONES

100% Hyde

STATS

pH: 3.31  |  TA: 7.4 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling: January 18, 2018  |  Release: Fall 2018
Cases Produced: 51

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