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2016 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Carneros Chardonnay

2016 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Carneros Chardonnay

2016 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Carneros Chardonnay

Description

Description

A true reflection of the winery’s Grace Benoist Ranch estate vineyard, this wine is a blend of the best blocks on the Ranch, tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike most Carneros vineyards, which are largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils on Grace Benoist Ranch are variations of volcanic origin. Combining these well-drained, rocky upland soils with the extreme western location closer to San Pablo Bay, make this cooler site an ideal place to grow Burgundian varieties.

Awards & Accolades

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Vinous

"The 2016 Chardonnay Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Grown is another classy, polished wine from Etude. Bright citrus and lightly tropical notes add nuance to this barrel-aged Chardonnay. Blocking the malolactic fermentation keeps the flavors tight and nicely focused." - Antonio Galloni, December 2018

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Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Chardonnay Grace Benoist Ranch is composed of 100% Chardonnay aged in neutral French oak for 11 months. It has a toasty nose of fresh bread and roasted almonds over a core of apple pie and warm apricots plus a waft of ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate has a silken texture and plenty of pure, unadulterated fruit, finishing savory." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2018

Wine & Vintage Details

Vintage

The 2016 vintage was challenging, with the impact of our continuing drought requiring a deft touch in the vineyard, although there was some winter rain that helped recharge much needed groundwater. Bud break was early in February, and the march toward harvest continued through the season, with fruit arriving about two weeks earlier than normal. Shatter resulted in some blocks with lower yields, but the warm, mild growing days led to fruit with abundant flavor, good acidity and balance.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Carneros AVA

Carneros

Vineyard

A true reflection of Grace Benoist Ranch estate vineyard, this wine is a blend of the best blocks on the Ranch, tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike most Carneros vineyards, which are largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils of Grace Benoist Ranch are variations of volcanic origin. Combining these well-drained, rocky upland soils with the extreme western location closer to San Pablo Bay, makes this cooler site an ideal place to grow Burgundian varieties. Vineyard blocks are individually managed to conform to various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. Individual vineyards within Grace Benoist Ranch average only eight acres in size and spacing is dense to ensure low per vine yields of fully concentrated fruit. As stewards of the property, Etude remains steadfast in our commitment to adhere to sustainable agricultural practices that enable us to farm in concert with the surrounding environment. Wildlife corridors, raptor roosts and owl boxes are abundant throughout the Ranch.

Winemaking

The fruit for our Carneros Estate Chardonnay was harvested at night and gently whole-cluster pressed before being transferred to neutral French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was bottled after 11 months of maturation, with a weekly stirring of the yeast lees for the initial two months of aging to enhance aromatics and increase mid-palate texture. Our Chardonnay is crafted to showcase the unique terroir of Grace Benoist Ranch and did not go through malolactic fermentation in order to capture the natural acidity and beauty of cool-climate Carneros Chardonnay.

Jon Priest - Winemaker

For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.

Winemaker Jon Priest

Alcohol % 13.6%
Enclosure Type Cork
Blend 100% Chardonnay

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