As our name suggests, the pedigree of Provenance wines is of utmost importance. We go straight to the source for the highest quality fruit in the Napa Valley, forging enduring relationships with the region’s top wine grape producers. Our winemakers are purists, relying on the finest winemaking traditions to extract elegant, powerful wines that express their premium vineyard origins rather than the winemakers’ interventions.
"Barrel aged 100% and aged for 12 months in 35% new French oak, the 2016 Carneros Chardonnay gives up intense notes of guava, pineapple and honeydew with hints of toasty oak and allspice. Medium-bodied, it delivers bags of lively melon-inspired flavors with a spicy finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 29, 2018
Our 2016 Carneros Chardonnay offers lifted notes of Meyer lemon perfume, nuances of honeysuckle and jasmine, white peach and Anjou green pear, supported by a gentle framing of toasty spiced oak. Aging on the lees enhanced the wine's texture and weight on the palate, creating the silky mouthfeel, allowing for a very well balanced wine with persistence and length. This Chardonnay's vibrant acidity and beautiful balance make it a wonderful accompaniment to many dishes, including chicken, shellfish and seafood.
While the region received about two-thirds of normal rainfall, the effect of the three previous years of drought resulted in smaller clusters and grape size in 2016. However, the small crop and high skin-to-juice ratio gave the wine excellent concentration. Waves of warmer and cooler temperatures typified the vintage, and the overall temperate weather made for an easy growing season. Ideal temperatures during bloom in May provided for better fruit-set than in 2015; although yields were still slightly below average, quality was fabulously high.
Sitting along the southern border of both Sonoma and Napa Counties, the first inaugural vintage of the 2016 Carneros Chardonnay shows a beautiful sense of place from outstanding sites in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is famous for its rolling hills, cool Pacific winds and fog. Shallow clay loam soils and the marine-influenced climate, located near the San Pablo Bay, foster expressions of classic cool-climate characteristics, offering a beautifully balanced Chardonnay, with a tasting profile of lush white peach and citrus zest aromas. Sourced from Sangiacomo and Winery Lake vineyards, along with a few other Carneros vineyard sites, each block was picked at its peak maturity.
We harvested the Chardonnay into small bins at night and rushed the fruit to our winery. After gently pressing the whole clusters, we barrel fermented all of the wine in small oak barrels to add layers of flavor and texture complexity. Stirring the yeast (sur lie) during the 12 months of aging in French oak barrels (35% new) enhanced the silky mouthfeel, and integrated subtle creamy nuances from the 100% malolactic fermentation process. The wine is exquisitely balanced between lemony acidity and creamy complexity, and graced by oak spice from barrel fermentation and aging.
Trevor grew up in nearby Sonoma County, one of the wine hubs of Northern California. Wine was a staple at his family dinner table, and he enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California, Davis. After an internship at Sonoma-Cutrer in 2003 and two consecutive harvest internships making sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer, Trevor joined Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small, well-regarded organic vineyard in Sonoma, shortly after his graduation from UC Davis. In March of 2010, Trevor joined the winemaking team at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards and was appointed senior winemaker in 2015.
"From a winemaking standpoint, we have access to some of the best fruit in Napa Valley, not just from our estate in Rutherford, but also from Carneros in the south all the way up to Calistoga in the north. Our job is to make sure that each wine is balanced, complex, exciting and representative of its terroir."
|Oak Treatment||100% barrel aged for 12 months (35% new French Oak barrels)|
|Case Production||17800 cases|