Chardonnay-2015 Rosella's Vineyard
This gently sloping vineyard located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands was planted by the renowned grower Gary Franscioni. A fourth-generation farmer, Gary and his lovely wife Rosella have planted one of the finest vineyards on the Central Coast. Gary’s passion for growing only the finest fruit on his home vineyard has resulted in a huge following for his Rosella’s Pinot Noir. Less widely known is his small block of excellent Dijon clone Chardonnay which produces some of the finest Chardonnay in the Highlands.
2015 was another in a series of warm and dry summers on the Central Coast. And with dry, mild conditions through harvest, this provided us with another vintage of beautifully ripened grapes.
September 16th and 17th, 2015.
Santa Lucia Highlands.
All our Chardonnays are fermented and aged in the Burgundian tradition. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted for quality before being gently whole- cluster pressed and fermented using a variety of specially selected yeasts. All our Chardonnays undergo a complete malo-lactic fermentation to enhance richness and complexity. In addition, each barrel has been hand stirred every two weeks until shortly before blending and bottling.
All French oak, 40% new: Sirugue, Billon and Dargaud & Jaegle.
576 cs. (750 mls.)