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2016 Vintner Select Chardonnay

Vibrant on the nose, our 2016 Vintner Select Chardonnay expresses lively aromas of green apple, melon, quince, lilac, starfruit and pear. On the palate, it balances roundness and richness against bright acidity and a clean refreshing character, which is the textural goal we aim for each year.

Three blocks of grapes grown at the top of our Spring Mountain Estate make up this wine, with each block contributing to its complexity. 50% is sourced from our oldest block, planted thirteen years ago to clone 4, 40% comes from a six-year old block planted to the Burgundy selection clone 96, and the remaining 10% is obtained from a five-year old block planted to the California heritage Wente clone. The grapes are harvested at night, gently pressed to French oak barrels (25% new), fermented, and then aged on the lees with weekly stirring for nine months with periodic stirring of the lees. A partial malolactic fermentation is conducted, then arrested at 30% completion.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2016
Harvest: September 2016
Fermentation: 25% New French Oak
75% Neutral French Oak
Cooperage: 25% New French Oak
75% Neutral French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling: July 2017
Production: 391 cases
Release Date: January 2018
Price: $52.00
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Reviews

  • Vinous: March 2018
    Rating: 93

    The 2016 Chardonnay Vintner Select, from Pride's estate vineyard on Spring Mountain, is fresh, nuanced and impeccably balanced. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper add to an impression of freshness and cut.

  • California Grapevine: Volume 44, July 2018
    Rating: 90

    2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards, “Vintner Select,” Sonoma County ($52) – Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, earthy, pear and green apple aroma with tropical notes and a trace of toasty oak; medium to mediumfull body; fleshy, pear, apple, and pineapple flavors with bright acidity, a hint of vanilla, and a slight creaminess in the mouthfeel, though tending to be a bit hard on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 391 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 30% ML; released January 2018. (Group Score: 16.3, 2/0/3; My Score: 17 [90/100], sixth place)