We craft our Monterey Chardonnay by sourcing from vineyard lots that enjoy well-drained granite soils and mild, cool temperatures throughout the year. The result is a Chardonnay that showcases the crisp acidity and intense tropical fruit that are hallmarks of the region. Delicate aromas of pineapple and apple are reflected on the palate, while nuances of sweet oak create a well-balanced, Chardonnay.
Monterey, located along California's Central Coast, boasts one of the world's longest growing seasons. Chardonnay thrives here, where the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean's winds and fogs provide the grapes ample hang time, allowing the Chardonnay wines to develop full, forward fruit flavors and balanced acidity.
The Vineyards & Winemaking
TThe grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey County. The vineyards are planted in well-drained granitic soils and are sheltered from harsh weather by the Santa Lucia Mountains.
The small clusters of Chardonnay grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid. The wine was barrel fermented in neutral French oak barrels and aged sur lies. The Chardonnay did not undergo malolactic fermentation, thus preserving its bright acidity and maintaining the varietal's natural characteristics.
Enjoy with roast chicken, seafood chowders, salmon, white fish and mushroom sauces.