Chardonnay-2017 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.
Fermentation: All our Chardonnays are fermented and aged in the Burgundian tradition. Our Rosella’s Vineyard grapes are hand-picked and sorted for quality before being gently whole- cluster pressed and fermented using a variety of specially selected yeasts. Our Rosella’s Chardonnay undergoes 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.
Our 2017 Rosella’s Chardonnay exhibits aromas of ripe peach and floral scents of honey suckle and wisteria. The palate is rich and beautifully concentrated, with ripe tropical fruit flavors accented with hints of toasty oak. The finish is long and well-focused with a supportive acidity.
Picking date: September 25th, 2017.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cooperage: All French oak, 40% new: Sirugue, Billon and Dargaud & Jaegle.
September 5th, 2018
407 cs. (750 mls.)