The 2016 Laird Cold Creek Chardonnay is grown in the slightly cooler microclimate of the Sonoma side of the Los Carneros district to the west, where thick fog and cool marine winds protect its tender skins. Indigenous to the Burgundy region of France, Clones 15 and 95 at a 50:50 ratio exhibit an approachable style and luminous, golden color. The nose offers notes of sweet nectarine and vanilla which lead into a palate of honeysuckle that is complemented by a creamy mouthfeel and a subtle hint of lemon peel.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros AVA (Sonoma side)
Aging: 11 months in French oak, 25% new
90 Points - Wine Spectator
"Complex pear, melon, fig and citrus flavors are presented in an elegant, graceful style in this pure version. Drink now. 1,800 cases made." -JL, 4/30/18