The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve presents refined aromas of honeysuckle, pear and citrus with hints of spice and vanilla. A broad texture reveals a touch of creaminess, showing beautifully seamless flavors of pineapple, melon, nectarine and green apple. The finish is clean and integrated, with lingering notes of lemon zest.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. With the Pacific Ocean just 10 miles away, the marine influence is forceful, yet solar exposure remains persistent—a providential combination that produces fruit with extraordinary dimension. Our Chardonnay is planted to two small blocks totaling eight acres. Here, sandy riverbed soils foster pure varietal character in our Chardonnay, while the persistent Pacific breezes help maintain vibrant acidity right through full maturity. Tight 6x3 vine spacing ensures that yields are kept in check for the sake of natural flavor intensity.
After night harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and pressed immediately. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and sent to stainless steel tanks to initiate fermentation. Next, the wine was racked to French oak barrels (65% new) to gain the singular textures imparted by barrel fermentation. The wine was then racked and returned to French oak barrels, where it underwent extended aging for 24 months to impart reserve-level maturity and complexity. Finally, the wine was racked to stainless steel and aged for another 12 months to achieve added integration while retaining fresh fruit flavors.
Our 2016 Chardonnay Reserve is a limited-edition showcase for Chardonnay from the Brick Barn estate, exhibiting remarkable character from extended aging in premium French oak barrels.