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Cinnabar Winery

2015 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2015 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

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SKU: 5215

92 points - Wine Enthusiast (October 2018 Issue)

The Taste


Citrus Rind, Salted Caramel, Nutmeg

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Chardonnay

Sunny Acres Vineyard &
Skyland Vineyard

788 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 8-23, 2015
Released May 3, 2017
Age 5-7 years

The Magic

  • Whole-cluster pressed
  • 100% barrel fermented with native yeast
  • Aged for 11 months in French oak (30% new)
  • Barrels are stirred monthly during fermentation

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape in California. The cool climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains combined with lean mountain soil make the ideal environment for growing intense Chardonnay fruit with great aging potential.

The Land

Skyland Vineyard is a 1-acre dry farmed vineyard planted in 1999 that lies within sight of Monterey Bay. Steeply terraced, it offers sandy loam mountain soils and extended periods of sunlight from full southern exposure. Sunny Acres Vineyard, a 4-acre, cane pruned vineyard, is nestled in a quaint valley 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean near the town of Scotts Valley. 

The Season


In early 2015, California experienced 30% more rainfall than in prior years, easing concerns over a possible fourth consecutive drought. Bud break in March was normal, but May was cold and wet, disrupting bloom and reducing crop loads up to 40% in some areas. Despite this, the vintage produced wines that are more structured, ensuring greater ageability.

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