Solitude Carneros Chardonnay 2016


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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Localization: Napa Valley, California, USA

Tasting Notes: This vintage exemplifies the style of wine they try to achieve at Solitude. Layers of oak complement the tropical fruit flavors of the Carneros appellation. This wine is dry, full and very rich but retains refreshing acidity to keep the wine well balanced. Traditional Burgundian techniques of barrel fermentation, weekly lees stirring and secondary malo-lactic fermentation increase complexity and richness. The wine drinks beautifully in its youth and will gain aromatic and flavor complexity with additional age.


The Domain: At the turn of the 20th century Hermann and Meta Dreyer were among a wave of German immigrants to settle in Oceanside, California. Undertaking a new life in farming, they began a legacy which has spanned three generations.

In 1952 the Dreyer family migrated from Southern California to California’s agricultural mecca, the San Joaquin Valley, cultivating olives, treefruit, and grapes.  Eventually settling in Woodside and in Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen, the family focused on winemaking. Jonathan Dreyer, youngest son and third generation winemaker, continues the family tradition and manages the family wine business today. 

The Solitude brand is owned by the Dreyer Wine Company. The Dreyer family has been farming for three generations, and has been producing wines in both Sonoma and Mendocino County for over thirty years. The Dreyer family produces the Dreyer Sonoma, Compass, Seabiscuit Ranch, and Il Cuore Wine Cellars wine brands.