The Terraces Chardonnay 2016
It all begins with the land and The Terraces are very proud to say they farm it themselves. They are passionate about dirt, native plants, bees, apples, cooking, grapes and of course, crafting delicious wine. 2020 celebrates 135 years of continuous grape growing and 35 years of winemaking on the ranch.
The people at The Terraces Winery firmly believe it is their responsibility to build on this legacy by improving the habitat for native species each year, while reducing the impact of growing premium wine grapes. Awarded the Fish Friendly Farming certificate in 2008, they farm sustainably and work diligently to improve their environment each year.
The Terraces Winery was created 35 years ago, and since 2001, has been owned and operated by the Crull Family. The ranch, also known as Quarry Vineyards, encompasses over 115 acres on the east side of the Napa Valley in the Rutherford AVA. The soils are well-drained, volcanic deposits, with a total of just 25 acres planted to grapes in 14 discreet vineyard blocks, allowing an incredible degree of precision farming.
The first wines produced were an ‘85 Zinfandel and an ‘86 Cabernet. All the Terraces’ wines were made at Caymus until 1991, when construction on the winery was complete. Their overall goal is to craft wines of balance and elegance that deliver great value. They strive for rich flavors but not over-ripeness. For them, each wine must have a backbone of lively acid and elegant tannins. They are fortunate to have a winery on site so the wines never leave the ranch until they are in the bottle, allowing them to carefully supervise each stage of their development. They currently make small lots of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Falanghina, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, and an estate blend, Rhyolite. The Terraces also sells 70% of their Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to Nickel & Nickel under their Quarry Vineyard designation.
The Terraces are inspired by life, people, music, travel, what they see, taste and hear. They take that inspiration and interpret it in what they create. They strive to create epic wines that capture a sense of place and time, and that bring joy. Cheers!
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. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific 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. 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.