2018 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.
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Budbreak came later in the spring with very little concern about frost, leading into steady growing temperatures with occasional rain. There were intermittent heat spikes in June and July, though not prolonged, pushing the season along. August was temperate, allowing slow ripening and complex flavors to develop. Higher than average yields and excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
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.