2016 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay Russian River Valley
This wine has a brilliant silver straw hue with intense aromas of Honeycrisp apple and ripe pear and notes of vanilla bean, caramelized sugar, and well-integrated oak spice. Bright, vibrant flavors of sweet citrus and pear layer over a core of minerality with toasty brown spice and creamy custard. The wine is full bodied and rich with a silky texture and a long finish. The balanced acidity and structure of the wine will allow it to develop additional complexity with bottle age.
The 2016 growing season was off to a great start with winter and spring rains, no frost events, and an earlier-than-normal bud break. Warm, sunny days followed during fruit set, resulting in even cluster development. A classic ripening season consisting of cool night and morning temperatures with moderate daytime temperatures heating up in August brought an early harvest. After a brief heat and low humidity event, the fruit was ready at optimum Brix levels.
After a gentle whole cluster press, 100% of the wine was barrel fermented in French oak. Malolactic fermentation was introduced to 100% of the wine to soften the acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. The wine was then stirred by hand every two weeks while it aged in the barrels sur lie for nine months before bottling.