2010 was a perfect example of the Central Coast’s ideal growing climate, with moderate, sunny weather throughout the summer and beautifully warm, dry conditions during September and October. This, along with low yields, provided us with superb fruit quality for the vintage.
Our Monterey Chardonnay is assembled from specially selected growers primarily in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Each of these contributes unique aromas and flavors which compliment each other to create a Chardonnay of extraordinary character and finesse.
At harvest, all our grapes are hand picked after careful evaluation for ripeness. The grapes are then very gently pressed in order to obtain the highest quality juice. This is then transferred to small French oak barrels for fermentation. All barrels undergo a malo-lactic fermentation and are hand-stirred every two weeks until shortly before blending and bottling.
Our 2010 is the perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay showing complex aromas of ripe apple and pear accented by notes of crème brûlée. On the palate, the texture is rich and full-bodied, exhibiting intense flavors which mirror the aromas along with notes of citrus, fig and mineral, supported by a long, crisp finish.
Arroyo Seco: Griva, Cedar Lane, Ventana, San Saba.
Santa Lucia Highlands: Rosella’s, Paraiso.
Monterey: Olson, Wildhorse.
Coopers: Sirugue, Cadus, Dargaud & Jaegle, Damy and Billon.
Bottled: July 26th through August 18th, 2011
Production:408 cs. (375 mls.), 198 cs. (1.5 liters)
Retail price: $22.00