Taft Street 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Item Number: 12641
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Russian River Valley
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Case Production: 1,766
Vintage Notes: The 2016 growing season started with consistent rainfall with moderate spring temps allowing for an early bud break and rapid growth. Warmer temps and a dry summer without frost accelerated ripening and resulted in quite aromatic, condensed flavors with higher acidity.
Vineyard Notes: Grapes were sourced from multiple well known Russian River Valley vineyards for this wine: Clone 17 from Saralee Kundee’s Catie’s Corner; Clone 4 & 809 from Hopkins Vineyards; Clone 4 & 17 from Vino Farms’ Airport Vineyard, and the Robert Young Clone from the Nonella Vineyards.
Winemaking Notes: 85% of the Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 100% Damy French Oak barrels (14% New, 24% 1-2 year). The wine was aged nine months sur lie and 3% of the barrel fermented wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
Tasting Notes With a bright nose of pear and lemon, this Chardonnay highlights fruit-forward flavors of honeysuckle and apple. The French Oak and partial malolactic fermentation add a delightfully creamy combination of toasted almond and creme brulee. The result is a bright, fruit-forward wine with a long enjoyable finish.