The Sylphs, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2016
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Remarkable Chardonnay from the wild, old-vine Guman vineyard in Napa. Aged for two years in small barrels, without racking, topping, or SO2. Elegant, powerful and with a character reminiscent of the Jura.
2016 was the first vintage of ease in several years-- for the four years prior, the drought put lots of pressure on the vineyard, diminished yields, and sped up ripening. The abundant late Spring rains of 2016 allowed the vines to stay strong all the way through harvest, with foliage to protect the fruit from sun, and a sense of reserve to allow the fruit to ripen slowly. A tremendous bounty, and very best Sylphs in years.