2016 Portola Springs Vineyard Chardonnay
Portola Springs Vineyard produces our most focused and mineral-driven Chardonnay. The volcanic influence in the soil here is notable and gives the wine great energy and precision.
Our steepest and most “extreme” site for Chardonnay, the Portola Springs Vineyard produces structured and precise Chardonnay. The soil is heavily streaked with basalt, the volcanic nature of these soils give the wine a freshness and linear nature that is decidedly different than much of the Estate. These meager soils and extreme exposure leads to a very unique expression of California Chardonnay. This is always one of the last blocks to be picked at the winery.
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.
Exuberant aromas of Meyer lemon, soft white peach and a smooth hint of buttercream show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression from vines planted at 1,900 feet in 1982. The palate is lithe but grippy, with squeezed lemon and honeysuckle flavors that lead into a mellow butterscotch finish.
Food Pairing Notes
93 points, Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast Magazine