2017 Reserve Chardonnay
This Chardonnay has a delicious bouquet of ripe golden pear, tropical pineapple, and sweet honeydew melon, along with aromatic apple blossom, and creamy vanilla bean. The carefully chosen, lightly impactful French oak serves to convey a perceived sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the clean acidity around the edges of the palate. Although deceivingly full bodied, the wine maintains a juicy mouthfeel and a clean, concise finish.
Located in the coastal foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the vineyards we select for our Reserve Monterey County Chardonnay are consistently cooled by the marine layer funneled in from the Monterey Bay throughout the growing season. Fog that is late to burn off, and a cool midday breeze, extend hang time to allow us to pick at the peak of the fruit's flavor and acidity. This wine is produced with the goal of making it an effortless, everyday drinker, without compromising its natural elegance.
After several years of drought, California and its growers were delighted to receive record setting rain and a return to normalcy during the winter season. Cooler temperatures offered the vines a longer winter slumber, pushing back budbreak to mid-March, with spring temperatures carrying into May. Heat spikes in early summer led to veraison beginning early July. Hotter than average days brought ripening, but diurnal shifts overnight gave the fruit much needed time to recover. Harvest came abruptly mid-August with lower than average yields, but complex fruit with expressive aromatics.
Each vineyard and clone are picked and whole-cluster pressed separately to stainless steel tanks to cold settle for two to three days. The juice is then racked to 30% new French oak and inoculated with different strains of yeast, each chosen to accentuate the given vineyard's best traits. All lots undergo full or partial secondary fermentation, and are aged sur lie for 7 months before being bottled.