Monterey


Chardonnay

2017

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

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.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with roast chicken, seafood chowders, salmon, white fish and mushroom sauces.

Accolades

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91 points, Ultimate Wine Challenge

91 points - 2017 vintage

"Excellent, Highly Recommended. A classic nose of baked apple, seared oak, lemon butter, toasted marshmallow, and marzipan. The palate’s bright acid and generous weight combine to reign in the luscious flavors and lead to a finish that shows a slight kiss of barrel tannin."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2019
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88 points, Silver Medal

88 points, Silver Medal - 2016 vintage

"Golden yellow color. Fruity, sweet aromas...a velvety, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, easy apple pie with a buttery crust, allspice, lime, and white pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely chardonnay whose fruit is complimented by subtle pepperiness."
- Beverage Testing Institute, 2017
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Silver Medal

Silver Medal - 2016 vintage

- American Wine Society, 2017

93 points

93 points, Gold Medal - 2014 vintage

- Critics Challenge, 2015

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Moneterey
California

Crisp & Tropical

Wine Spots Monterey vineyard

Monterey, California

Monterey County is located within California's Central Coast AVA and offers all the benefits of land and sea. The Pacific Ocean's morning fog and cool winds creates one of the world's longest growing seasons that, combined with superb topography and soils, offers ideal growing conditions for producing elegant Chardonnay wines.