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Chardonnay

We are proud to present two Chardonnay wines. Please click on the following links for details.

Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Maria Valley, 2011

Long before Chardonnay was widely produced throughout the
United States, a small band of vintners from Santa Maria were
experimenting with this classic varietal. They discovered that
Santa Maria’s long, cool growing season and maritime influences
create Chardonnays of greater dimension. Our Reserve reflects these qualities, and is tinged with the scent of Fuji apple, Meyer lemon, and fresh pineapple.

The grapes for our Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Reserve came from the famous Bien Nacido and Sierra Madre vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley appellation. After being pressed and settled. the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new (62.5%) and older French oak barrels. After primary fermentation was completed, the Chardonnay then went through total malolactic fermentation. Then we stirred the lees over a 4 month period and then let everything settle down for a total of 9 months in barrel. The wine was bottled on July 19, 2012. Only 371 cases were produced.

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Optimum Storage Conditions: Constant temperature, 55-58° F, darkness

Aging Potential: To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-2 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 2-5 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Sierra Madre (75%), Bien Nacido (25%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol: 14.4%, pH: 3.17, TA: 0.630 g/1ooml

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