Few capture the soul of California’s coastal wine-growing regions better than cult winemaker Nico Cueava, a supernatural terroir whisperer. He moves mountains with his mastery, which is undeniably evident in this beautiful Chardonnay. Luscious layers of marine salinity, lively Meyer lemon and honey-kissed brioche make us question…is he even human?
Bottled in December and sourced from sites mostly in the Russian River (there’s a small amount of Sonoma Coast in here), the 2016 Chardonnay One Sixteen is the larger production cuvée of the estate and could be thought of as the flagship Chardonnay. It reveals the fresher, crisper style of all the wines from Kosta Browne today and has lively notes of green citrus, stone fruits, toasted almonds, and white flowers. Steely and vibrant today, with beautiful purity, it’s going to flesh out nicely with a year in bottle and keep for 6-7 years.WA92
The 2016 Chardonnay One Sixteen was aged in several vessels for varying lengths of time, from five to 14 months in 26% new French oak, 25% stainless, 12% foudres, 10% concrete tanks and 2% concrete eggs. It opens with soft notes of petrichor, crushed hazelnuts, Greek yogurt and fresh apples with accents of white peaches and lime peel. The palate is light to medium-bodied with bright citrus and tree fruits with a rocky streak, tangy acidity and a long, energetic finish. This offers a nice balance of savory and mineral character and has the structure to gain amplitude in bottle. (EB)**90
Well-structured and fresh-tasting, with vibrant green apple, pear and citrus flavors that are crunchy and full of zest. Hints of savory richness show on the finish. (KM)