There are five key components to the signature style of Rombauer’s Carneros Chardonnay:the intensity of fruit, a creamy texture, vanilla oak, a buttery character and mouthwatering acidity. What sets Rombauer Chardonnay apart is that these elements are in perfect harmony, hallmarks that flow seamlessly from one to another with ease and symmetry. How is this impeccable balance achieved? It begins in the vineyard and continues through every step until bottling — a continuous thread weaving a canvas for the best possible bottle of Carneros Chardonnay.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
- Appellation: Carneros, California
- Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage: 2016
- Our uncompromising approach to quality begins in the vineyard, where we control all farming and viticulture. In 1990, we began sourcing our Chardonnay from Carneros, where cool, windy conditions allow grapes to ripen slowly, retaining the natural acidity that is key to the structure and balance of this wine. To ensure long-term access to high quality fruit, the Rombauer family has invested heavily in prime vineyard sites, including our Buchli Station and Davitto Ranch vineyards, planting them according to a detailed, block-by-block matrix of soils, rootstocks and clones. In addition, we forged decadeslong relationships with grower partners, giving us exclusive access to and oversight of high-quality fruit sources. Every single block under our care is micro-farmed, with soil analysis and aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology helping to guide vineyard management decisions throughout the growing season. The timing of picking, so crucial to wine quality, is also aided through NDVI as well as our team’s ongoing interaction with the vines. All fruit is picked at night and sorted by hand in the vineyard, as cool temperatures help retain greater fruit intensity in the finished wine.
- Harvested: Aug 13th-Sept 21st 2015
- Aging: 9 Months, American & French Oak
- Drink: Now-2022
Richie Allen DIRECTOR OF VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb about 40 minutes east of Australia’s famous Yarra Valley wine region. Influenced greatly by his parents’ keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of interest: molecular biology. Always the model student, he graduated at the top of his class. He was not, however, convinced with the path he was laying down for himself. Richie embarked on a four-month rock climbing holiday to the United States to clear his thoughts. It was on this adventure that fate came knocking in the form of an invitation to a day of wine tasting. Richie was so taken and inspired by the Californian wines he tasted that day that it was suddenly clear to him what he needed to do. He promptly returned to Australia and spent the next few years engrossed in winemaking studies at Australia’s prestigious The University of Adelaide. After graduating in 2003, he set about gaining as much practical winery experience as possible from top Australian and New Zealand producers including Penfolds, Oakridge, Church Road and Vavasour. He eventually found himself back in California, on the doorstep of Rombauer Vineyards to undertake cellar work for the 2004 and 2005 harvests. Richie’s enthusiasm, vast and growing knowledge, and attention to detail were keenly identified, and he was asked to continue on at Rombauer to see this potential expertly developed and nurtured. He was hired as a full-time enologist in 2006 and became Assistant Winemaker the following year. In 2008, he was promoted to Head Winemaker. Having worked his way from the ground up, Richie assumed the position of Rombauer’s Director of Viticulture and Winemaking in 2013. In this role, Richie strives to achieve consistency of style and continual improvement in viticultural and winemaking techniques by melding both traditional and modern approaches. Away from the winery, you’re likely to find Richie pursuing his passion for photography and filmmaking. He lives in Napa with his wife, Nat, and their daughter, Violet, who is the frequent target of his lens.
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