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2020 Chardonnay
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2020 Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
23% Riverview, 23% Mesa del Rio, 19% Isabelle’s, 19% Viento, 16% Scheid
pH
3.61
Aging
22% French oak, 78% stainless steel, 8 months
Bottling Date
June 28, 2021
Alcohol %
13.5
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$30.00
 
SKU: 20SVICH7EMONNA2

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. Each vintage, we strive to craft a Chardonnay that allows the beauty of the Monterey AVA to shine. 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. With a fruit-driven core of pineapple, pear and citrus, our 2020 Chardonnay is made in a bright and lively style that strikes the perfect balance between rich and refreshing. Medium-bodied with crisp balanced acidity, it has a lingering finish with hints of butterscotch, vanilla and subtle oak.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
23% Riverview, 23% Mesa del Rio, 19% Isabelle’s, 19% Viento, 16% Scheid
pH
3.61
Aging
22% French oak, 78% stainless steel, 8 months
Bottling Date
June 28, 2021
Alcohol %
13.5
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
The grapes for our 2020 vintage were sourced from five (count ‘em, five!) of our estate vineyards. The northernmost vineyard, Riverview, is located near the town of Soledad and delivers concentrated flavors and a distinct minerality. Mesa del Rio, Viento and Scheid, our Greenfield trio, bring vibrancy, excellent structure and acidity. And our Isabelle’s Vineyard, a tiny 2-acre site on River Road, adds a little je ne sais quoi and a pleasing mouthfeel to the final blend. This combination of vineyards creates a synergy where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts.
Varietal Composition
Chardonnay
Winemaking
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, then pressed and fermented separately. A portion of the juice was fermented in French oak barrels for added complexity, roundness and mouthfeel. The barrel fermented wine was left sur lie, with the lees stirred weekly to further incorporate subtle oak components like caramel and butterscotch. The remaining balance was fermented in stainless steel at a cool temperature to enhance the varietal aromatics and retain a refreshing, fruit forward component to the final blend.
Cases Produced
396