Alpha Omega "II" Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2016
Overview of the Wine
Alpha Omega is located in legendary Rutherford in the heart of Napa Valley and is one of Napa's newest boutique wineries. Surrounded by vineyards and mountains, the beauty of this rustic, farm-style winery is as captivating as its wine.
Alpha Omega's extraordinary winemakers, along with historic vineyards, combine to create wines that express the essence of this famous wine region. Talented winemaker, Jean Hoefliger, has teamed up with one of the world's finest palates, Michel Rolland, to create wines that express their passion for excellence as well as the unique terroir that is Napa Valley. By procuring prized grapes from the many appellations of Napa Valley, our winemakers blend the essence of exceptional terroir ranging from valley floor, hillside, mountain and coast. Using natural techniques, they handcraft finesse-driven, complex and balanced wines, which express the aromatic profile of the best Napa Valley has to offer.
Hoefliger and Rolland's combined award-winning winemaking techniques create elegant, approachable and perfectly balanced wines of the highest quality through blending the best of Old World and New World wine styles. A gifted young winemaker and a master winemaker are discovering together the excitement of creating world-class wine from world-class grapes in world-class terroir for Alpha Omega.
- DIVERSITY OF VINEYARDS
- UNFILTERED AND UNFINED
- PRECISION IN THE VINEYARDS
- BARREL FERMENTATION
- BERRY SORTING AT HARVEST
- EXTENDED MACERATION
- NATURAL FERMENTATION
"2016 was a near-perfect growing season thanks to ideal weather conditions, giving Napa Valley another winner in a string of historic vintages. Spring budbreak came early due to dry and relatively warm soils from a drought winter. This essentially sped-up the entire growing cycle, and we were able to monitor progress in the vineyard without any major heat spikes to cause concern. Picking for whites began in late August. We could essentially operate on our own harvest schedule and time our pick dates for ideal ripening. It’s never really correct to say that farming is easy, but 2016 was pretty close to stress-free."
Grape / Blend
Napa Valley, California
On the nose: Explosion of salted caramel, gingerbread, cedar, licorice, butterscotch, canned pineapples, apricots, orange blossoms
On the palate: Round entrance evolving on grapefruit, quince, star fruit, honey, white chocolate lingering on toasted brioche, graphite
Aging: 16 months, 100% French oak; 65% new, 35% 1-year-old barrels