Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Grapes that produce our Sonoma County Chardonnay come from our estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Carneros and Alexander Valley. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. To preserve Chardonnay’s delicate flavors, aromas and acidity, the grapes are picked at night and in the very early morning hours so the fruit arrives cold at the winery. Grapes are then immediately pressed whole cluster and fermented in different lots. The wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation and is aged for six months in French oak barrels. During aging, bâtonage (stirring the lees by hand) is performed to achieve complexity and a rich mouthfeel.

90 Points

Jeb Dunnuck

2016 vintage
90 Points

USA Wine Ratings

2016 vintage
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harvest note

Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.

tasting note

This is a refreshing, medium-bodied Chardonnay with flavors and aromas of green apple, juicy pear and melon with a background note of marzipan. Bright and crisp, the wine is nicely balanced with a touch of minerality on the smooth and silky finish.

food pairing

Pair with shellfish, chicken, salmon and pastas or other dishes with cream sauces.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.2%
AGING: Aged 6 months in 100% French Oak

points of distinction

  • A classic, buttery California Chardonnay.
  • Select fruit from the finest Chardonnay regions: Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros and Alexander Valley.
  • Chardonnay grapes are handpicked in the cool of night and rushed to the winery before dawn, to preserve delicate aromas, flavors and fresh acidity.
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“With its perfect balance and seamless structure, this Chardonnay is a classic expression of Sonoma County.”

– Katie Madigan, Winemaker

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