Vintage 2016
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

The Cold Creek Ranch experiences maritime influences from the Pacific Ocean, which provide cool breezes and morning fog. As a result, the Chardonnay offers forward fruit flavors, lively acidity and hints of minerality.

93+ Points - The Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard (aged in 18% new French oak for ten months) delivers beautiful notes of pink grapefruit, fresh pineapple and guava with touches of honeycomb and allspice. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy texture, it packs in the tropical goodness and has a long, spicy finish.”- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

Tasting Notes

Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay is known for its bright, tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and citrus. Producing consistency in flavor, the 2016 Cold Creek Ranch vineyard did not disappoint. This chardonnay gives off flavors of bright tropical fruits rounded out by mango flavors. The core of minerality adds depth and structure to the first taste of lemon cream. Before the palate experiences a hint of stone fruit tasting like white peach. The lingering journey through a bouquet of fruits, gives the palate a juicy and rich feeling. A core of lively acidity balances the richness through to the flavorful and long finish. 

Winemaking Notes

The wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie exclusively in small French oak barrels for nine months. Only 15% of the barrels used in this vintage were new, allowing for the bright, forward fruit character of the Chardonnay from the vineyard to hold a prominent position in the blend. The blend completed malolactic fermentation adding richness and depth in the texture.

Vineyard Notes

Cold Creek Ranch is tucked away in the most Southern portion of the coveted Sonoma Coast appellation.  The ranch experiences maritime influences from both the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean which provide cool breezes and morning fog. This results in Chardonnay with forward fruit flavors and lively acidity.  Chateau St. Jean has been sourcing Chardonnay from the Cold Creek Ranch for its Reserve Chardonnay since the 2002 vintage.  This 2016 Cold Creek Chardonnay is the tenth release of this single-vineyard bottling.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. Following a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, in mid-September. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.