2016 Monte Bello Chardonnay


Wine Information

100% Chardonnay - Organically Grown

96+ Points – Greg Sherwood, MW
95 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
(93-95) Points – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
94 PointsWine Spectator


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Pale gold color. Pear, dried fig, citrus blossom, wet stone, and toasted brioche. Intense mountain fruit entry, limestone, full bodied, and firm acidity; lengthy, complex finish. EB (12/18)
Abundant winter rains eased the effects of this year’s drought. Storms in May disrupted bloom, reducing yields by a third. The terraces, planted in 1993, were picked mid- September and the wine was selected as the 2016 Monte Bello. This cool-climate mountain vineyard, with its underlying fractured limestone, provided firm acidity in a beautifully balanced wine. It will gain in complexity over the next ten years.
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