Rotation Chardonnay 2016
For the new Chardonnay vintage, we tweaked the blend by adding a punch of Viognier to liven up the aromatics. The heat during the day in the vineyard produced wonderfully ripe berries that led us to pick some plots slightly early to boost acidity. We endeavored to add raciness to the wine that had been omitted from past vintages. The 2016 has strong tropical aromatics on the nose that continue onto the palate. With restraint and refinement on our minds, we managed the fermentation at cooler temperatures to preserve the acidity and freshness. A minimal use of French oak - only ten percent - adds just enough of the vanilla kiss to round out this year's selection.