Charles & Charles Chardonnay 2016
Our mission is to prove there can be a firm, juicy, refreshing Chardonnay that picks up great power and depth in your glass. There are aromas of Pippin apples, pear, and citrus along with some exotic fruit and toast. On the palate it’s decadent without being heavy, balanced by an element of flint and minerality. Power meets finesse here.
All of the fruit was grown in the Columbia Valley AVA from 3 principal vineyards: Evergreen / Ancient Lakes (65%), Shaw High River (30%), and Moxee (5%).
We’ve been so pleased with the results of our Chardonnay program over the last few vintages that we kept on that tack again this year, settling into a decidedly signature style. The 2016 vintage remains very much a cooler climate, Mâconnais-style Chardonnay with white fruit and minerality, but with warmer vineyard sites selected so there is power and a fullness as well. We’ve stayed the course with a touch more barrel influence, with over 20% of the wine barrel-fermented and aged, while the remaining wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel. All lots were on their lees for 8 months with monthly lees stirring and also went through malolactic fermentation. The overall fermentation process contributes a beautiful richness, with a small portion of the fruit fermented separately using native yeast to add depth and complexity.