2016 Christina

2016 Christina
2016 Christina

THE STORY:

100% Chardonnay from our estate Kenny Hill Vineyard in the Mill Creek area of the Walla Walla Valley. Christina exudes remarkable complexity, concentration and purity of fruit. Composed of 5 Dijon clones sourced from Burgundy and planted specifically for this project, the grapes were gently pressed together for elegance and co-fermented together before sur lie aging in once-used French oak barrels for approximately 7 months. Christina embodies the personality of Marie Christina Den Hoed: well-defined character, balance and grace.

PRODUCTION

92 cases

RELEASE DATE

September 9, 2017

Vintage2016
VarietalChardonnay
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardKenny Hill
Harvest Date09/27/2016
Acid5.4 g/L
PH3.59
Alcohol13.60%
Wine StyleWhite Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/12/2017
Cases Produced92

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Christina comes all from the Kenny Hill estate vineyard in Walla Walla and spent 7 months in once-used French oak. It sports a vibrant gold color as well as a spicy, toasty, dried herbs and classic citrus and lemon-scented bouquet. Fresh, vibrant and lively on the palate, with terrific purity of fruit and well-integrated acidity, drink this high-quality Chardonnay anytime over the coming 6-7 years.

Kenny Hill Vineyard

This sloped, south-facing 70 acre parcel was purchased in the summer of 2008 as a joint venture between Andy & Bill Den Hoed and the Blair and Dunham families of Dunham Cellars. It is located 4 miles east of the Walla Walla aiprort up the Mill Creek drainage in the Blue Mountain foothills at an elevation of 1450 feet. The precipitation, elevation, slope, and naturally occurring breezes at this site provide a rare low incidence of frost and opportunity to grow non- irrigated grapes.

Prior to the purchase of this property, our vineyard management company, AMG, planted The Yellow Bird Vineyard, a dry land vineyard on the east side of Kenny Hill, for the Chan Family. There is no agricultural water right at this site. With full control of farming practices from the soil preparation to the varieties and clones selected for planting, we watched for successes and shortfalls at Yellow Bird.

After two years, the successes of Yellow Bird prompted us to purchase the property now known as Kenny Hill. We continued our dedication to restoring soil life and nutrition and using sustainable practices to ensure a healthy vineyard for generations to come. Wheat and legumes had previously been cropped on this land and had depleted its micro-biology. We ripped the land and incorporated a complex mix of organic compost and nutrients, thereby enhancing the soils water retention capability. After careful clone selection of varietals, we planted the first half of the vineyard in the spring of 2010, a year and half after acquiring the land. In the fall of 2012, we delivered the first beautiful crop of grapes from Kenny Hill Vineyard.

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