2016 was a fine year for growing great Chardonnay in Napa Valley. Enough rain fell to fill reservoirs and ensure sufficient water for irrigation. A slightly early bud break was followed by a mild spring with minimal frost danger. Harvest was a week or so later than 2015, but being an early-ripening variety our Chardonnay was generally unaffected by later season heat spikes or rain events. Because of this we were able to choose our harvest dates to optimize each vineyard’s best state of ripeness and produce a delicious, layered and balanced wine.
The fruit used to craft this full-flavored Napa Valley Chardonnay was sourced from both warmer, upper valley vineyards, and lower, cooler vineyard blocks, resulting in a balanced blend of ripe, rich flavors and aromas, vibrant acidity and soft structure.
The fruit was picked on taste in conjunction with careful grape analysis. We tend to pick on the early side to promote the citrus/tropical flavors and to retain the natural acids. Picked in the cool mornings, the fruit was brought to the winery where it was gently pressed into barrels and tanks. Barrel portion was fermented in barrels and left on primary lees for six months, with the barrels being stirred two times per month, to increase texture to the wine. Once we felt we had the delicate balance of fruit with subtle nuances of oak, the wine was blended.
Black Stallion Estate Winery Chardonnay opens with aromas of yellow pear, lemon curd, jasmine and hint of oak. The flavors are tantalizing notes of citrus, chamomile, orange blossom and brown butter. The Chardonnay from the cooler vineyards provides the bright acidity, citrus notes, and lean backbone of the wine, where the Chardonnay from the warmer growing regions of the Napa Valley contributes a riper, fuller-bodied character. The wine has a rich mid-palate weight creating a multi-layered, complex wine and a lingering finish.
Sip this wine on its own as an aperitif or pair alongside with goat cheese, salad and dishes such as crab, lobster, grilled shrimp or roast chicken.
|Wine Style||White Wine|
|Barrel Aging||10 months sur lie 100% French oak|