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Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

Beaulieu Vineyard was among the first wineries to create world-class Chardonnay from the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The rich, shallow Carneros soils and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay are perfectly suited to create exceptional Chardonnay wines. "I am pleased to carry forward this tradition of excellence by crafting this wine, which displays vibrant peach and nectarine while soft oak tones add complexity to the lingering finish." - Jeffrey Stambor, Winemaker 

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 Carneros Chardonnay offers vibrant aromas of Meyer lemon citrus, ripe stone fruit, pear blossom and notes of candied ginger. This full-bodied wine is palate coating with layers of  creamy  lemon,  crisp  red  apple,  sweet  almond  flavors  and  a  kiss  of  spice.  The  oak  is  a  pleasant backdrop supporting the core of bright fruit underpinning the overall structure of the wine. The inviting aromas, flavors, rich texture and persistent acidity shows a well-integrated wine that slowly reveals its complex nature with every swirl and sip from the glass.

Vineyard Notes

We selected all of the grapes from our Beaulieu Vineyard Ranches No. 9 and No. 8, where the vines, grafted to Dijon clones 95 and 76, yield small, intensely flavored berries. These Chardonnay  vineyards  are  located  in  the  cool,  windy  Los  Carneros  American  Viticultural  Area (AVA) at the southernmost tip of Napa Valley. The region’s shallow clay loam soils and marine-influenced climate foster ripe, beautifully balanced Chardonnay expression. 

Vintage Notes

Good rainfall during the winter helped ease California’s ongoing drought. A dry spring with warm temperatures and no frost led to early budbreak. With groundwater at good levels from the  winter  rains  the  vines  had  plenty  of  water  to  soak  up  during  the  dry,  relatively  even  growing season. Harvest started about 2 weeks earlier than average and conditions were mild with  no  heat  spikes  or  rains  to  interfere.  The  overall  grape  yields  were  average  with  high  quality fruit offering great concentration of flavors and good acidity levels.  

Winemaking Notes

We harvested the Chardonnay into small bins at night and rushed them to our winery. After gently pressing the whole clusters, we barrel fermented all of the wine in small oak barrels for layers of flavor and texture complexity. Stirring the yeast during 10 months of aging enhanced the  silky  mouthfeel,  and  integrated  creamy  nuances  from  partial  malolactic  fermentation.  A  small amount of fragrant Viognier adds enticing floral nuances to the fruity aromas.
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