2016 Chardonnay Santa Clara Valley



90 points, Gold Medal, L.A. International Wine Competition

Our Santa Clara Valley Chardonnay has historically been sourced from vineyards along the Central Coast. But this 2016 vintage marks the third year since this wine returned home - completely grown on our own Sarah’s Vineyard blocks. Having complete “dirt to bottle” quality control insures this fairly limited release is a special one.
In 2016, the drought continued in full force throughout California.  Yields for 2016 everywhere were light but the Chardonnay fruit off our own blocks picked on September 29 showed great intensity and full phenolic ripeness. 

Tasting Notes

Citrus, melons, pear, and wild flowers – our 2016 Santa Clara Valley  Chardonnay is a beautiful testament to this historic vineyard. On the nose, melon, pear, honeysuckle, and Meyer lemon are framed by notes of walnut, vanilla and spice. These characters carry over to the palate, where they are joined by bright acidity and a light touch of oak. 


Vineyard Sources

Sarah's Estate

Technical Data

Harvest Date: September 29

Alcohol: 13.9%

Total Acidity: 0.61

pH: 3.28

Cooperage: French oak, 11 months

Bottling Date: August 2017

Production: 459 cases

2016 Chardonnay Santa Clara Valley