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2014 Chardonnay
Tasting Notes

2014 Chardonnay

As the undisputed Queen of White Wine, Chardonnay is grown all over our bountiful state. But even wineries in other appellations will admit: Monterey County is Chardonnay country. The cool coastal climate, with morning fogs that often linger until mid-day, allows the intricate fruit flavors to develop while preserving crucial acidity. These just-right conditions place Monterey County on par with the best growing regions of the world. With each vintage, we strive to craft a Chardonnay that strikes a perfect balance between rich and refreshing. Through the judicious use of oak, we seek to complement, not detract from, the gorgeous tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Monterey Chards. Our 2014 vintage has a core of fresh pineapple with notes of Honeycrisp apple and Meyer lemon. A kiss of vanilla caramel completes this fresh and lively version of the classic varietal. 

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The grapes for our 2014 vintage were sourced from five of our estate vineyards. The northern-most vineyard, Riverview, is located near Soledad and delivers concentrated flavors and a distinct minerality. Our Scheid – Arroyo Seco Vineyard delivers with bright tropical fruit flavors. Mesa del Rio and Viento Vineyards are in the Greenfield area and are planted to Dijon clones 76 and 96. This fruit brings vibrancy, excellent structure and acidity. The slightly warmer San Lucas Vineyard provides pure rich, lush Chardonnay indulgence. This combination of vineyards creates a synergy where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. The 2014 growing season was our third perfect one in a row, with mild temperatures throughout the spring, a warm but not overly hot summer, and mild conditions that held until the last grape was picked. On the heels of the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages, it exceeded our expectations in every way and was an ideal year for Chardonnay.
The grapes were handpicked at optimum ripeness then gently whole-cluster pressed, chilled, and racked clean to a refrigerated stainless steel tank. The juice was slowly fermented at a cool 52°F to preserve the varietal aromatics. A portion of the juice was fermented directly in oak barrels at slightly warmer temperatures to fully integrate oak tannins from the barrels and add a creamy, round mouthfeel to the wine. The wine in barrels continued aging sur lie (on the yeast lees) for eight months with weekly stirring to enhance texture and add complexity. The barrel portion was then blended with the stainless steel selection, resulting in a wine that delivers the essence of Chardonnay: freshness, vibrancy, richness and complexity.
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
37% Viento, 33% Riverview, 17% San Lucas, 10% Scheid, 3% Mesa del Rio
Harvest Date
August 26- October 9, 2016
Harvest Brix
Alcohol %
58% Stainless Steel, 42% Oak Barrels- 37% French Oak
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
July 8, 2015