' Vintners Collective - 2016
 
 
 
 
 

2016

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The warm, but not hot growing season of 2016 was as long or longer than previous vintages and began with an early bud break and ended by the beginning of October.  With no pressure from the weather, growers were able to relax throughout the year and enjoy a warm, dry harvest.  The vintage was ripe, aromatic, and showed more restraint than the previous more opulent vintages.

$69.00 per Bottle

With its brilliant garnet color, this wine always displays balance, grace, and the most velvety of textures.  A lovely bouquet of roses and red licorice intermix with notes of cocoa, berries, sandalwood, and toasted grains to invite your first sip.  The fruit concentrates on the mid-palate somewhat, revealing subtle notes of cherry pie and earl grey tea.  The legendary palate is expansive, bright with acidity layered into a silky texture. It finishes with a light, understated grip, and moves backward through the finish.  It continues to evolve toward more earthen and mineral notes, spreading to coat the entire palate and continue to reveal new aromas.

$69.00 per Bottle

A paragon of complexity, this wine displays elegance and finesse without sacrificing weight and depth. Fruit notes of blueberry and raspberry greet and entice you in for a taste. The palate reveals mouthwatering minerality rounded with plum and blood orange.

$53.00 per Bottle

An ethereal mélange of fruit-kissed floral notes await you in this bottle!   Honeyed orange blossom greets and then opens up to reveal tropical undertones.  The wine will continue to develop its heady mixture of fruit and floral, becoming more seductive and intoxicating over the next year.   While the lush, opulent texture of this wine point to this is as 100% Chardonnay, its uniquely bright and vibrant aromatics will keep your friends guessing about just what grape could create such a delight for the senses.

$43.00 per Bottle

A direct representation of the Toyon Farm terroir, this wine greets bright and well spiced, then melds effortlessly into a rich palate coating smoothness. The bouquet is filled with notes of dark berries, spiced herbs, and cola.  The brooding palate, dominated by an almost visceral layer of mouth-coating tannins and mid-palate flavors of mocha, raspberry, and cranberry, is balanced with a bright, palate-lifting acidity.  It finishes with round and chewy chocolaty tannins that accentuate a firm chalky finish that offers promise for greater things to come.  This deep and balanced wine is structured to age gracefully for years, if you can keep a bottle around that long.

$56.00 per Bottle

Expect to find deep aromas of cassis, black cherry, incense, dark chocolate, caramelized oak, toffee, and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, with a lengthy persistent finish. Precise amounts of Malbec were carefully folded into the final blend to add complexity and depth to the profile.  Twenty months aging in 85% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma and flavor.

$121.00 per Bottle

With brilliant hues of diamonds and gold, the 2016 Wild Iris prepares you for something special. An explosion of fruit; pear, apricot, mango, peaches and touches of citrus satisfies all expectations. These hedonistic aromas are met with equal ripe fruit flavors and the delicate addition of white chocolate, jasmine and yellow raspberries.  A round unctuous texture, in perfect balance with fresh acidity, takes the 2016 Iris to a whole new level. This pleasure continues with an amazingly long finish. 

$44.00 per Bottle

Sourced from high in the eastern Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley, the fruit for our 2016 vintage Sauvignon Blanc arrived at the winery packed with vibrant fruit flavors, intense aromatic character, and mouth-watering acidity.  This young wine is pure pleasure in the glass, with subtle notes of flint, wet clay, and lemongrass mingling with the forward tropical and citrus notes that frame the wine.  On the palate, the bracing acidity calls out for fresh seafood and a large body of water to pull up next to.  While it will continue to open and evolve with time in the bottle, this latest vintage of our Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed straight away.

$46.00 per Bottle
The 2016 Flanagan Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard was barrel fermented in 50% new French oak and aged sur lie in barrel for 11 months. This wine displays the classic Ritchie Vineyard attributes of rich, lush texture with great acidity. The palate offers Bartlett pear notes and ripe citrus. The minerality unique to the volcanic soils of this legendary Sonoma County vineyard completes the palate. This wine is a stunner.
$69.00 per Bottle
2016 was a year characterized by low crop yields and even
ripening. Our 2016 Flanagan Chardonnay Bacigalupi
Vineyard spent 11 months in French cooperage with 40% of
that new.
$69.00 per Bottle

We make this wine for one reason only: because it is awesome. This vineyard has  been the source of my favorite Viognier in California for many years.

$56.00 per Bottle
 The key to the wine is the bright acidity
that ties everything together
. This is a great example of what top
Russian River Chardonnay sites can produce when wine making is
focused on balance.
$50.00 per Bottle