2016 Scott Family Estate Chardonnay Dijon Clone

Year: 2016
Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey County
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 87
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :

"Light bright gold. Oak-accented apple and peach aromas and flavors are accompanied by a suggestion of toasty lees. Smooth and pliant in texture showing good depth and revealing vanilla and clove notes on the oak-spiced finish." (VM)

"Clean white peach, buttercup, sweet cream and ripe red-pear aromas show on the nose of this clonal selection. It lands on the palate with a tense texture and a dominating oak smoke flavor, with vanilla, caramelized lemons and Pink Lady apples making for a slightly sweet impression." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Wine:
We saw another dry spell during the 2015-2016 winter. The harvest started off early due to the low rain fall and the warm Spring and Summer. In 2016 the fruit ripening was nearly perfect throughout the entire season which allowed for full flavor development over long and even growing season. The wines Chardonnays exhibited classic tropical and tree fruit character with hints of citrus.

Arroyo Seco (“Dry Creek”), a sub-appellation of the Monterey AVA, enjoys a cool climate, producing an extended growing season (often 2 to 4 weeks longer than Napa Valley). This added hang time allows for greater fruit ripening and brighter acidity. The Estate’s vineyards, inland from Big Sur, have deep, gravelly soils, ideal for premium Chardonnay cultivation. This unique combination of soil and climate produces relatively small berries with intense, concentrated flavors. 2016 proved to be one of the warmest harvests for the traditionally cool Monterey AVA. A warm, dry spring season initiated an early bud break and flowering on the vines. However, a windy and temperate summer climate allowed for great preservation of our Chardonnay’s bright acidity.