The 2016 vintage was near-perfect in Napa Valley. The growing season had an early start and ideal weather throughout. Harvest was ideally paced, with vineyards ripening in a cycle that allowed successive picking at targeted ripeness. The resulting wines are showing great balance and intensity of flavor.
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were grown in the Carneros region, where soils are dense, shallow, of low to moderate fertility, and high in clay content. While the soils lead to low yields, the regionís maritime climate allows a longer growing season; the end result is balanced color, flavor and acidity in the harvested grapes. 79% of this Chardonnay is produced from the Truchard Vineyard in northeastern Carneros; this vineyard is under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage. The balance of fruit was drawn from Sonoma Valley-Carneros.
After whole-cluster pressing, 21% of our Chardonnay juice was barrel-fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lie for 6 months; the balance of juice was aged sur lie in neutral French oak. During this period, the barrels were frequently stirred to increase yeast contact and add richness; a third of the wine underwent secondary malo-lactic fermentation. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh fruit flavors.
Aromas of Asian pear, brioche, and sweet vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel with bright acidity and notes of Meyer lemon lengthening the finish.
Press & Acclaim
91 points - 2013 Vintage
"This is a floral, zesty and vibrant white wine, given six months in French oak, half of it new. With a complex hit of briny salt and citrus, it flirts between layers of savory and sweet, finding just the right balance of structure and acidity." -Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2016 Download PDF
90 points - 2013 Vintage
"Bright and juicy with racy acidity and creamy tropical fruit; fresh and showing vanilla and toasty oak; fresh, dense and balanced."
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, September 2015 Download PDF
93 points - 2011 Vintage
"Waterstone uses selective sourcing of grapes from Napa Valley growers to make its wines. This has a fruit-driven nose of lemon curd, touches of cantaloupe melon and rich butterscotch. It's tangy and fresh, leading to creamier notes, yet retaining real vitality."
- Decanter, August 2013 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
• Appellation: Carneros
• Alcohol: 14.2%
• TA: 0.63 g/100ml
• pH: 3.65
• Oak Aging: 6 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 12% new
• Bottling Date: July 20, 2017
• Production: 1175 cases