Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay is made in a bright, clean style, emphasizing varietal expression and balance. The Chardonnay grapes mostly come from Dijon and Wente clones grown in the renowned Carneros District in Napa Valley from such prestigious growers as the Haire vineyard, the Ghisletta vineyard, and the Cunat vineyard in Oak Knoll. In these vineyards, the long, cool growing season allows fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. The grapes are hand harvested between 21 and 24 brix, at night into shallow bins, then hand sorted and whole-cluster pressed. The juice is inoculated with white Burgundy yeast strains in stainless steel tanks, then quickly transferred to French oak barrels with periodic stirring of the lees for extra complexity and finesse. To preserve the fresh acidity of the wine, Sequoia Grove never permits malolactic fermentation in its Chardonnay.

97 Points
Ultimate Wine Challenge
2016 vintage
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New York International Wine Competition
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2016 vintage was as textbook a season as Napa Valley has had. Finally, we had a return to average winter rainfall with steady rain all winter. Bud break was slightly earlier and set was solid. Summer saw the return to the characteristic Napa Valley fog that cooled down the nighttime temperatures, but burned off about mid-day to allow daytime temperatures to rise for perfect grape ripening weather. Harvest was steady-paced, ending in mid-October with cooler, wet weather.
Tasting Note
The first aromas are of green apple and pear, followed by fresh toast, lemon custard, and toasted walnuts. Background notes of nutmeg and lemon zest fill out the nose. On the palate, the wine is elegant, with notes of caramel and fresh citrus, matched with a lemon curd mid-palate.
Food Pairing
This is a very food friendly wine and will go well with most dishes, from appetizers to soups to main courses. Serve slightly chilled to appreciate the full range of flavors. This wine will get richer and evolve for at least five years.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.49
ACIDITY: 6.5 g/l
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: Aged 10 months sur lies in 100% French oak, 35% new
Unique Selling Points
  • Grapes come from cool climate sites within Napa Valley, producing a fresh style of wine.
  • Ages 8 months on lees in French oak barrels for added complexity
  • No malolactic fermentation is allowed, to preserve fresh, bright acidity in the wine.

About the Grape

Chardonnay
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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