Black Stallion Estate Winery

2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay

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2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay
2016 Black Stallion Poseidon Chardonnay

Twelve years after arriving in America, in 1924, Gaspare Indelicato planted a vineyard in Manteca, California. With it, he planted the foundation of his eventual success in the California wine trade. Since that first vineyard flourished, Gaspare’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have honored his legacy through dedication to his steadfast values of family, hard work and integrity.

Tasting Notes

Delightful aromas of Meyer lemon, apple blossom, crème brûlée and ginger followed by flavors of white nectarine, lemon meringue and lightly toasted marshmallow. Our 2016 Limited Release Poseidon Vineyard Chardonnay is a medium body white wine with silky texture followed by juicy long finish. 

Winemakers Notes 

Los Carneros is one of Napa Valley’s coolest growing regions with marine influences of both morning fog and afternoon wind originating from the San Pablo Bay. These climatic conditions work to synergistically moderate temperature. Due to its location near the San Pablo Bay, the soils found at Poseidon Vineyard are clay and loam, resulting in vines struggling to retain water and poor fertility. Due to the soil and climate, the Poseidon Vineyard produces grapes with ripe fruit characteristics, fantastic balance and finesse.
With very little rain, bud break occurred between the end of February and early March. With warm and dry spring and early summer, the vines develop healthy canopies and fruit set was balanced. The growing season was lengthened due to cool summer. September had a few heat spikes to push fruit to optimal sugar levels. The 2016 vintage was very balanced and ideal for producing wines with excellent flavor and resolved tannins.

Producer

More than a century ago, Gaspare and Caterina Indelicato immigrated from Sicily to the United States. With little to draw on but a long family history of grapegrowing and an entreprenuer’s gift for seizing opportunity, Gaspare entered the wine trade by planting a single vineyard in Manteca, California, where the climate reminded the couple of their homeland.

Occupying a privileged position at the southern foot of the trail, the winery grounds eventually became the site of the Silverado Western Center, a major equestrian center that opened in September 1963.

The original riding area now houses prized wines, instead of prize-winning horses. However Black Stallion Estate Winery carries its heritage forward. The estate’s legacy honors the world-class terroir of Napa Valley, the pioneering spirit of the Silverado Trail, and the Indelicato family’s warm hospitality and generations of wine expertise.

Winemaking Philosophy

To make great wine, a winemaker must have a deep familiarity with each lot of freshly pressed juice. At Black Stallion, the search for greatness means boots in the vineyard, checking on vine growth and grape development all year long. It means tasting grapes rather than looking at lab reports to determine the perfect moment to pick. It means harvesting and sorting fruit by hand. Black Stallion Winery’s small scale means that each lot of grapes that arrives at harvest is treated individually, and receives a unique upbringing to bring out its full potential for excellence.

Once crushed at the winery, micro-lots may be fermented in small tanks made of wood, concrete or steel. These choices of aging vessel give winemaker Ralf Holdenried exceptional flexibility to match a batch of grapes with the material best suited to bring out its greatness—key in a region as diverse as Napa Valley.
 
After fermentation, wine is drained using gravity (not pumps) and aged in the finest oak barrels. The gentle handling of the wine prevents the extraction of harsh components that could impart bitterness.

There’s no set recipe for a Black Stallion blend, just the finely honed palates of winemaker Ralf Holdenried and his team. It’s not uncommon for Holdenried to try dozens of trial blends before deciding on a final cuvée. The goal is always the same: To create a seamless, harmonious wine that captures the varietal’s best expression of that vintage in Napa Valley.

Awards

  • International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2018: Silver
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2017: Bronze

Specifications

Year 2016
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country USA
Alcohol content
15% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 11.3 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential Drink now
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches Pork, Rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), Vegetarian, Poultry
Origin California
Appellation Napa Valley