2014 Chardonnay, Monterey  

This unoaked Chardonnay invites you in with tropical aromas of pineapple, kiwi, and pear. The fruit-driven nose leads to bright citrus flavors with hints of vanilla and wet stone. On the palate, notes of crisp green apple and stone fruit also emerge, balanced by a clean and refreshing acidity with minerality on the finish.

Overview 

The Monterey AVA is the largest wine region within Monterey County, stretching almost the entire length of the county from east of Monterey Bay to just north of Paso Robles and offering a range of favorable soil and climate combinations.

Monterey Bay’s deep, frigid waters provide the dynamics for generating a mild climate from the coast. Driven by stiff winds, the cold air masses above the bay move inland each afternoon to begin an overnight cooling cycle that lasts until mid-morning. Grapes fully ripen under extended periods of sunlight, but they retain ideal acidity with the help of low overnight temperatures and intermittent patterns of morning fog.

Grapes were sourced from the Central Avenue Vineyard near the center of the Monterey AVA. The property lies southwest of Greenfield at approximately 300 feet of elevation in silty-loam alluvial soils deposited by the Arroyo Seco River. Daytime temperatures are generally warm during the growing season with considerable overnight cooling and occasional fog. The abundance of sunlight and warmth contribute complex tropical characteristics, while the cool nights and mornings provide an optimum level of acidity to the finished wines.

Price: $20.00
Members: $14.00-$18.00

Varietal:
Chardonnay

Winemaker: George Troquato

Appellation: Monterey

Vineyards:
Central Avenue Vineyard

Harvest Date(s):
September 18, 2014

Barrel Aging: None

Cooperage: None

Cases Produced: 1750

Consume: 1 - 2 years

Release Date:
Dec 2015

pH: 3.60

Total Acidity:
0.59mg per 100ml

Finished Alcohol: 14.1%

Silver SF Chronicle Feb 2017
86 pts Wine Enthusiast June 2016

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