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2018 Chardonnay ~ Santa Lucia Highlands
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2018 Chardonnay ~ Santa Lucia Highlands
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay Reserve
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard
Escolle Road
Harvest Date
April 24, 2020
pH
3.4
Aging
93% French oak, 7% Hungarian oak, 32% new, 18 months
Bottling Date
April 24, 2020
Alcohol %
14.5
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SKU: 18SVICH7RSLHER2

A top-notch Chardonnay can be one of life’s great pleasures and the Monterey appellation’s climate, with morning fogs that often linger 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 primarily 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 Asian pear, yellow apple, citrus and stone fruit are complemented by hints of vanilla and butterscotch. The medium body is well balanced with vibrant acidity and smooth oak integration that lead to a long, complex finish.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay Reserve
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard
Escolle Road
Harvest Date
April 24, 2020
pH
3.4
Aging
93% French oak, 7% Hungarian oak, 32% new, 18 months
Bottling Date
April 24, 2020
Alcohol %
14.5
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
Marine influenced mornings and afternoon breezes coming off Monterey Bay create the unique thumbprint that is shared by Santa Lucia Highlands wines. The Escolle Road Vineyard is located on a northern elevated bench of the SLH AVA. 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 naturally stresses the vines, which results in wonderfully complex fruit flavors with bright acidity.
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Winemaking
Upon arrival at the winery, the hand-picked grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, chilled and racked clean. A portion of the blend was sent to a refrigerated stainless steel tank where the juice was inoculated with select strains of yeast and slowly fermented cool to enhance floral and varietal aromatics. The balance of the blend was barrel fermented to add roundness and mouthfeel. After fermentation, the wine was racked to 93% French oak and 7% Hungarian oak barrels for aging.
Cases Produced
204