• Amapola Creek Joseph Belli Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 95

    Amapola Creek Joseph Belli Vineyards Chardonnay 2016

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    95pts Jeb Dunnuck

    "Beautifully balanced, elegant and silky Chardonnay that has good acidity as well as texture" ~ Jeb Dunnuck

    The Amapola Creek Joseph Belli Vineyards Chardonnay, made by legendary vintner Dick Arrowood, is ready to drink now, and, we have food pairing suggestions. Starter: peeky toe crab fritters with basil aioli. Entree #1: Sauteed sea bass with spaetzle and a warm buttermilk vinaigrette. Entree #2: LBLT. Yes, a lobster BLT on toasted, buttered thick-sliced brioche. Entree #3: Whole, boneless chicken legs stuffed with bread crumbs, lemon zest, prosciutto, basil and provolone, roasted to a beautiful caramel color.

    Jeb Dunnuck:  "The 2016 Chardonnay Jos. Belli Vineyards is beautiful. Exotic flowers, lychee, white peach, and a hint of honeysuckle give way to a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant and silky Chardonnay that has good acidity as well as texture. Aged 11 months in new and neutral barrels, drink it over the coming 4-5 years." Jun 2018

    Winery: "Our Chardonnay is grown by Joseph Belli, a close friend and longtime business associate of Richard’s. Joe has planted his grapes next to his home, a few miles south of Healdsburg on the western end of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is set just past the edge of the valley floor, where the land starts to lift-up into rolling hills. These steep, terraced hillsides provide excellent drainage for the vines, reducing the water available to the roots, which in turn produces tiny berries with intense flavor. Since the vineyard faces the east, the vines receive full sunlight in the morning and early afternoon, while being protected from the more intense late afternoon sun. We use two clones of Chardonnay from the Belli ranch in our blend: Rued, a musqué selection of Chardonnay that contributes vibrant tropical aromatics, and Dijon, which delivers a classic Chardonnay profile rich in minerality and fruit flavors.

    The nose of this wine opens with a burst of ripe pear, backed by a gentle note of dark honey and orange blossom. Linger with the glass, and you will find traces of gardenia and maple sugar, opening to a subtle aroma of flint. Take a sip, and the flavor of ripe, juicy pear immediately returns. It quickly gives way to toast and caramel, which in turn open to gentle characters of minerality and mild citrus zest. The mouthfeel is rich, bordering on oily, with a strong core of acidity to balance it out. The finish is full and lush, with characters of apricot jam and toasted oats, balanced against a light-yet-sharp trill of acidity at the tip of the tongue. This wine was fermented in French oak barrels and then aged in barrel for 11 months, where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The 2016 Jos. Belli Chardonnay is completely accessible now, but if stored properly, it will continue to develop for at least the next handful of years.

    Bottle: 750ml, cork
    Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
    Alcohol %:
    13.9%
    Acidity g/l:
    5.9
    pH: 3.5
    Aging: 11 months in new and seasoned French oak
    Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
    Production: Limited at 500 dozen