Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2016
This finesse-driven Chardonnay, naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered, embodies Meursault with a California accent. The nose exudes an explosion of salted caramel, gingerbread, cedar, licorice, butterscotch, canned pineapples, apricots, orange blossoms. Round entrance on the palate, evolving on grapefruit, quince, star fruit, honey, white chocolate lingering on toasted brioche, graphite.
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Crisp and seamless with high-toned, floral aromatics, this appellation white offers a focused palate of classic elegance and fixating flavors of pear and apple. Medium bodied and in balance, it is memorably textured and delicious.
Dried apricots, mangoes, sliced papaya and vanilla and spices. Full-bodied with a dense mouthfeel, but the focused acidity keeps this on point, driving through round fruit to an oily yet tangy finish. Drink now.
Coming from all over the valley, the 2016 Chardonnay offers a rich, textured yet balanced style as well as classic Chardonnay notes of honeysuckle, flower oil, tangerine, and lemon curd. It’s a full-throttle, Napa-styled Chardonnay.
The 2016 Chardonnay displays compelling pear tart, warm peaches and spice cake scents with touches of baking bread and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the palate gives invigorating freshness with loads of apple and stone fruit layers, finishing on a spicy note.
Red peach and apple pastry flavors are well-knit in this buttery style. The spicy finish is long and rich, offering plenty of pastry accents.
Alpha Omega's extraordinary winemakers, along with historic vineyards, combine to create wines that express the essence of this famous wine region. Talented winemaker, Jean Hoefliger, has teamed up with one of the world's finest palates, Michel Rolland, to create wines that express their passion for excellence as well as the unique terroir that is Napa Valley. By procuring prized grapes from the many appellations of Napa Valley, our winemakers blend the essence of exceptional terroir ranging from valley floor, hillside, mountain and coast. Using natural techniques, they handcraft finesse-driven, complex and balanced wines, which express the aromatic profile of the best Napa Valley has to offer.
Hoefliger and Rolland's combined award-winning winemaking techniques create elegant, approachable and perfectly balanced wines of the highest quality through blending the best of Old World and New World wine styles. A gifted young winemaker and a master winemaker are discovering together the excitement of creating world-class wine from world-class grapes in world-class terroir for Alpha Omega.
One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.
The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. White wines from Napa Valley are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific wine characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth red wines with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Napa Valley wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.