Chardonnay-2019 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 before being gently whole-cluster pressed and fermented using a variety of specially selected yeasts. It then 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 2019 Rosella’s Chardonnay exhibits beautiful fruit-forward aromas of ripe white fruits and baking spice. The intense flavors mirror the aromas with notes of fresh peach and tropical fruits accented by subtle toasty oak notes lingering beautifully on its long, crisp finish.
Picking date: October 5th, 2019.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cooperage: All French oak, 44% new: Sirugue and Billon cooperage.
September 10th, 2020.
428 cs. (750 mls.)