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2016 Tula Vista Chardonnay

2016 Tula Vista Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
0.76g/100ml
pH
3.28
Alcohol %
13.7
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SKU: CHT16B
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We purchased the Tula Vista Ranch on Ramal Road in July of 2012. Our full development started the following spring when the grapes for this wine were planted. Clone 17 is a recent incarnation of the vaunted “Wente” clone, and we are big fans of this Chardonnay for both still and Sparkling wines. Only 66 cases produced, available only at the winery.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
0.76g/100ml
pH
3.28
Alcohol %
13.7
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
In the glass this single vineyard Chardonnay shows a pale straw color tinged with an emerald glow. This wine has a personality that is not often encountered; it is both tropical but also exhibits traits of a much leaner wine. For example, while the nose offers lychee and pineapple, it is also flinty, with mineral inflected notes, and river rock. The palate buzzes with key lime pie, lemongrass, and lime zest. An intriguing wine for the first vintage
Vineyard Notes
This block, #501, sits at the summit of the vineyard and features primarily a Western exposure. The slope is steep and the breeze is nearly constant, which helps to delay the ripening for added flavor. The moderate vigor of the rootstock, 110R, also helps to put the brakes on maturation. We harvested 1.6 tons of beautiful grapes, slightly bronzed by the sun, on the first of September.
Production Notes
The inaugural grapes yielded just three barrels worth of precious juice. We chose the Sirugue Cooperage and used just one new barrel and two second-fills. Upon completion of fermentation the young wine was gently stirred to promote contact with the yeast lees and create a creamy texture. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited
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