Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine & Spirits
2016 Langley Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
Langley Hill Chardonnay is all about balance and texture. The 2016 vintage has generous fruit with bright acidity are the hallmarks of this hillside site.
Langley Hill is our largest plot of Estate Chardonnay. It occupies a steep hillside, offering numerous exposures and soil depths. This complex arrangement leads to multiple picks often spread over weeks, rather than days. Langley Hill's is often both the first and last of our Chardonnays to be picked. The vineyard’s fractured sandstone over Lambert shale yields Chardonnay that is steely and structured with persistent citrus and mineral flavors.
The 2016 Vintage was another drought year, with early bud-break, bloom and veraison. Poor weather during the early bloom caused shatter and millerandage. Vine stress became an issue late in the year with many of our dry farmed vines showing water and nutrient stress for the first time. The resulting wines are bright and energetic with mid-weight personalities. They are profoundly aromatic and balanced wines that are site expressive and pure.
Crisp but also warm aromas of roasted apple, lemon peel and flint arise on the nose of this bottling of the Clone 4 Chardonnay. There is compelling grip to the sip immediately, revealing bright Meyer lemon, tangerine flesh, almond and oak flavors. Both full bodied and racy, sure to please a wide swath of Chardonnay lovers.
Food Pairing Notes
94 points, Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast