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2018 Chardonnay Reserve
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2018 Chardonnay Reserve
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay Reserve
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Riverview Vineyard
pH
3.48
Aging
100% new French oak, 20 months
Bottling Date
July 23, 2020
Alcohol %
14.90
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It began as a plan to craft a Chardonnay that captured the true essence of our estate Riverview Vineyard, an exceptional benchland site. It evolved into creating a micro-winery on the vineyard in order to conduct a true native yeast, in-vineyard fermentation. The result is a wine that beautifully displays Riverview’s unique thumbprint. Aromas of pear, yellow apple and stone fruit are accented by notes of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Elegantly balanced with crisp acidity, this medium-bodied wine has a bright fruit and lingering mellow oak finish.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay Reserve
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Riverview Vineyard
pH
3.48
Aging
100% new French oak, 20 months
Bottling Date
July 23, 2020
Alcohol %
14.90
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
Our Riverview Vineyard is located two miles southeast of Soledad and adjacent to the Pinnacles National Park on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. The bench location aids in creating excellent air flow and the southwestern exposure maximizes available sunlight. Morning fog and afternoon winds from the Monterey Bay’s marine influence create a true Region I climate, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. Riverview Vineyard is a premier vineyard site with ideal attributes for ultra-premium Chardonnay.
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Winemaking
The grapes were picked in the cool early morning hours to ensure freshness. After a short trip from the vine rows to our micro-winery, located in the center of the vineyard, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, then the juice was allowed to settle before being racked to 100% new French oak barrels. The barrels remained in the micro-winery, free from any commercial yeast, ensuring the fermentation was initiated by wild yeast indigenous to the Riverview Vineyard. Following a long, cool barrel fermentation, the wine was kept on its lees and aged for 20 months. Regular stirring of the lees enhanced the aromatics and texture. The final blend was a selection of our top three barrels.
Cases Produced
79