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.