2016 Boars' View Chardonnay

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2016 Boars' View Chardonnay

Boars' View
Boars' View Estate
100% Chardonnay
Pure Wente Clone
On average, 12 months in François Frères French oak barrels
Thomas Brown

The 2016 Boars’ View Chardonnay reveals the rich, supple character of the clay-driven soil and abundance of direct sunlight the vineyard block receives throughout the day. The hue of this wine in the glass is a dazzling yellow gold. Upon further development, aromas of white peach, jasmine blossoms, citrus zest, white pepper, and honey swell from the glass in concert. The mouthfeel is broad and uniform, amply coating the palate with abundant flavors of honeysuckle, lemon oil, brioche crust, and custard. The enticing floral and stone fruit character lingers for a minute plus on the full finish.


The temperate winter of 2016 gave an early start to the growing season and a warmer than normal spring provided the ideal conditions for an even fruit set. The subsequent temperatures during the summer were also even and without any drama, which is exactly what every winemaker hopes for each vintage. The fruit was allowed to ripen slowly and fully develop, as Thomas says “from top to bottom”. The moderate weather towards the end of the summer afforded more hang time on the vines and the opportunity to select the best possible harvest date. The crop was among the most beautifully ripened berries we have seen in our history on the Coast, and showed immense character and wonderful depth of flavors.


The Boars’ View vineyard is ideally situated well above the fog belt of the pacific coast on a gentle sloping cornice that enjoys optimal sun exposure. Temperate maritime conditions protect the vineyard from winter’s chill and offer natural cooling from the summer’s heat. The result is a very early bud-break followed by a long and moderate growing season. The vineyard is comprised of three distinct soils, predominantly Goldridge Loam perfectly suited to Pinot Noir, threads of pebbly gravel, and a small section of coastal clay ideal for growing Chardonnay.