Oberon Chardonnay

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the region’s uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa Valley sub-appellations for Oberon.  

Tasting Notes

Our 2017 Los Carneros Chardonnay is expressive and approachable; showcasing balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.  

From record-breaking heat to drizzly summer days, the 2017 growing season was challenging for winemakers. Throughout the valley, temperatures soared well over 100 degrees for multiple days in late August and early September causing a flurry of activity in the vineyards and wineries. We source our Chardonnay grapes from the cooler Napa and Sonoma regions within Los Carneros . The 2017 Vintage saw us harvest our first Chardonnay on September 9 and our last fruit on September 24 across the sweeping Carneros western slopes. We count ourselves very lucky to have safely completed our Chardonnay Harvest well ahead of the October fires.

With the cooling Carneros breezes providing relief from the record breaking heat events of August and September we were able to perfectly ripen our Chardonnay. This wine underwent simultaneous alcoholic and malolactic barrel fermentation, followed by 10 months sur lie in 33% new French oak. Our 2017 Los Carneros Chardonnay is expressive and approachable; showcasing balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

Blend: 99.7% Chardonnay, .3% Muscat Alcohol 13.7% TA 6.1g/L pH 3.44

Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Highly influenced by the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros provides the perfect combination of summer fog, warm days, cool nights and a long growing season which make it an ideal location for growing our Chardonnay grapes. Tony prefers sourcing this fruit exclusively from the western facing slopes of Carneros, for the extended exposure to the warm afternoon sun and the cooling influence of afternoon breezes.

Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the region’s uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa Valley sub-appellations for Oberon.

Tasting Notes

2016 Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

Another year of drought conditions and a continued warm, dry winter season, resulted in an early bud break. Drought coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period lead to uneven fruit set, smaller grape clusters and another year of lighter than usual crop. Temperatures throughout the growing season were a bit of a rollercoaster of hot and cold, forcing the fruit to ripen in waves. Despite the weather and light crop, we were able to harvest a crop offering beautiful rich character. We completed harvest before the October rains, which made the Napa Valley wetter than we’ve seen in a decade.

Thanks to a wonderful growing season which provided perfectly ripened grapes, Tony Coltrin was able to make an expressive, approachable and fruit forward Chardonnay. Having undergone simultaneous alcoholic and malolactic barrel fermentation, spending 9 months sur lie in 33% new French oak, our 2016 Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

Blend: 99.4% Chardonnay, .06% Muscat Alcohol 13.7% TA 5.8g/L pH 3.57

Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Highly influenced by the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros provides the perfect combination of summer fog, warm days, cool nights and a long growing season which make it an ideal location for growing our Chardonnay grapes. Tony prefers sourcing this fruit from exclusively the western facing slopes of Carneros, for the extended exposure to the warm afternoon sun and the cooling influence western afternoon breezes.

Despite receiving close to 75% of normal rainfall, the warmer and dryer than usual winter season, resulted in an early bud break that coupled with a cool spring and long flowering period resulted in an uneven fruit set. Temperatures through the first half of the growing season were even and warm, giving way to repeated heat surges in the final ripening weeks that pushed the harvest ahead by 2 weeks. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character.

Thanks to a wonderful growing season which provided perfectly ripened grapes, Tony was able to craft an expressive, approachable and fruit forward Chardonnay. Having undergone alcoholic and malolactic fermentation simultaneously in barrel and spending 9 months sur lie aging in 33% new French oak, our 2015 Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

99.4% Chardonnay .6% Muscat Alcohol 13.4% TA 6.5g/L pH 3.45

Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Highly influenced by the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros provides the perfect combination of summer fog, warm days, cool nights and a long growing season which make it an ideal location for growing our Chardonnay grapes.

Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the region’s uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa Valley sub-appellations for Oberon.

Tasting Notes

Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Our 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh Fuji and Golden Delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

Goat Cheese, Triple Cream Brie, Soft Cows Milk Cheese, Duck Rillette, Salame Cotto, Mortadella

Despite the lack of rain during the spring, Napa Valley had an excellent growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather, with a few large heat spikes and plenty of cool and foggy nights, ripened grapes to perfection. Our Chardonnay grapes were harvested on October 2, 2014.

Thanks to a wonderful growing season which provided perfectly ripened grapes, Tony Coltrin was able to make an expressive, approachable and fruit forward Chardonnay. Having undergone malolactic fermentation and spending just 9 months sur lie aging in 45% new French oak barrels, our 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh Fuji and Golden Delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

Alcohol 13.4% TA 8.11g/L pH 3.35

Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Highly influenced by the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros provides the perfect combination of summer fog, warm days, cool nights and a long growing season which make it an ideal location for growing our Chardonnay grapes.

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2015 Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay Tasting Note

2016 Oberon Chardonnay Wine Spectator 90 Pt – Shelftalker

2016 Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay – Tasting Note

2017 Oberon Chardonnay – Label

2017 Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay – Tasting Note

Oberon Chardonnay – Beauty

Oberon Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc – Beauty

Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay – Bottle