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2010 Vineyard Designate Chardonnay, 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 in the area. Gary’s passion for growing only the finest fruit on his home vineyard has resulted in a huge following for bottlings of Rosella’s Pinot Noir. Less widely known is his small block of excellent Dijon clone Chardonnay which produces some of the finest grapes in the Highlands.

2010 was a classic vintage on the Central Coast: mild, sunny summer weather with warm, dry conditions throughout harvest and low yields. This provided us with superb grapes in 2010.

Always a stand out among Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnays, the 2010 Rosella’s is one of the best ever. Aromas show nuances of ripe fruits and spices. The palate is very intense and well-focused with rich flavors of apple tart, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, along with notes of mineral and toasty oak. A classic Rosella’s Chardonnay!

Picking date: October 14th, 2010.

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands

Fermentation: We use a variety of selected and native yeasts. We stir the lees (battonage) every 2 weeks during its 10 months in barrel to enhance the complexity and mouthfeel.

Cooperage:100% French: Sirugue, Damy, Billon and Dargaud & Jaegle.

Bottling: August 18th, 2011

Production: 201 cs. (750 mls.)

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