Chardonnay-2021 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: Our Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay is fermented and aged in the Burgundian tradition. The 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 2021 Rosella’s Chardonnay exhibits beautiful fruit-forward aromas of ripe white fruits and baking spice. The palate is intense and beautifully structured showing flavors of ripe peach and tropical fruits accented by subtle notes of caramel which linger beautifully through its long, crisp finish.
Picking date: October 19th, 2021.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cooperage: 100% French oak, 33% new: Sirugue and Billon cooperage.
Bottling: June 16th, 2022.
850 6-packs (750 mls.)