2016 Starmont Chardonnay Carneros
The fruit was handpicked, as well as state-of-the-art machine harvested, then carefully sorted and whole-cluster pressed to preserve freshness. Traditional methods are used to add richness and complexity: aging sur lies for 10 months in 20% new French oak to add richness; and malolactic fermentation to balance the wine’s acidity. Modest use of French oak helps to enhance the wine’s expression of region, while not playing too dominant a role in the overall wine. We employ a combination of traditional barrel fermentation (48% of the blend) and stainless steel tank fermentation (52% of the blend). This wine will continue to gain complexity for three or more years from vintage.
This wine is full of bright citrus and apple, along with subtle tropical fruit notes and spice. The 2016 is pale gold in color with a soft entry that leads to a mid-palate with medium body and acidity. Flavors of tropical fruits and apple, along with citrus, fresh mineral and subtle oak notes lead to a refreshing, medium length finish.