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Kosta Browne Observations Series

2016 Mt. Carmel, Chardonnay

Facts of Note

HISTORY

Our first Single Vineyard Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills

CLONE

30 year old Wente vines

AGING

Blend of French & Austrian oak

Planted in 1989, Mt. Carmel sits at 500 ft. overlooking the Santa Ynez River. As one of the first vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, this historic and iconic vineyard consists of six blocks, planted to a variety of organically and primarily dry-farmed, heritage chardonnay and pinot noir clones. Heavily influenced by its soil combination; loose, well-drained limestone, botella clay, diatomaceous earth, calcareous deposits and sandy loam, the Chardonnay from this site is dense yet delicate. 

2016 Mt. Carmel Sta. Rita Hills - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

Vineyard
Mt. Carmel
Clones
Wente
Orientation
North/South
Trellising
Modified California T
Soil
Limestone, Botella Clay

Technical
Details

Fermentation
100% native barrel ferment / 100% new oak, puncheon 500L
Oak
33% new French oak / 66% new Austrian oak / aged 15 months
Alcohol
13.0%

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Sage, honey and beeswax jump from the glass giving way to lemon rind and chamomile tea. Wet stone and seashells announce their presence framed by a sandalwood lift.

Mouth: Focused with textural cream, combined with bright acidity to tantalize the palate.