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2016 Chardonnay ~ Santa Lucia Highlands
Tasting Notes

2016 Chardonnay ~ Santa Lucia Highlands

A top-notch Chardonnay can be one of life’s great pleasures and the Monterey appellation has developed a world-renowned reputation for producing spectacular examples. The cool coastal climate, with morning fog that often lingers until midday, allows the intricate fruit flavors to develop while preserving crucial acidity. Our Chardonnay Reserve program was developed to produce a rich wine that showcases the distinctiveness of the Monterey growing region. This hand-harvested, small-batch Chardonnay hails from the Santa Lucia Highlands, where the cool climate results in complex, intense wines. Barrel fermentation in small, medium-toast French oak and partial malolactic fermentation bring a richness and depth to the blend, which is elegantly balanced with dramatic tropical fruit flavors. Aromas of nutmeg and vanilla tie the wine together in a medium body with a lush, lingering finish.

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Marine-influenced mornings and afternoon breezes coming off Monterey Bay are the foundation for Santa Lucia Highlands wines. The Escolle Road Vineyard is located on a northern elevated bench of the AVA. The ancient, glacial alluvial soils pair with the morning fog and afternoon winds to create a true Region I climate, perfect for Burgundian grapes. The loose, nutrient-depleted foundation makes vines struggle to produce wonderfully complex fruit flavors with vibrant acidity.
Upon arrival at the winery, the hand-picked grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, chilled and racked clean to a refrigerated stainless steel tank. The juice was inoculated with select strains of yeast and slowly fermented cool to enhance the floral and varietal aromatics. Part of the blend was racked clean to barrels and fermented at a higher temperature to extract more oak tannins from the barrels. This adds roundness and mouthfeel to the wine. After fermentation, the wine was racked to 100% French oak barrels for aging.
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Escolle Road Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 23, 2016
Harvest Brix
Santa Lucia Highlands
Alcohol %
18 months in 100% French oak
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
April 18, 2018