2016 Chardonnay, Monterey
Peach, Apricot, Lemon Citrus, Baked Pineapple
- Whole cluster pressed
- Fermented cold to 58°F in stainless-steel tanks
- Fermented to dryness
- No malolactic fermentation
George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Chardonnay originated in the Burgundy region of France, but it now makes up more than 50% of the grape vines grown in the Monterey AVA. Specific to this region, Chardonnay is distinct for its layers of tropical flavors and bright acidity.
Lockwood Vineyard and La Mistral Vineyard are on the valley floor of the Monterey appellation, near Greenfield and King City. The vineyards are comprised of shale and gravel soils. Afternoon breezes coming down from Salinas provide a cooling effect that helps maintain the grapes' natural acidity.
In 2016, rainfall was higher than it was in the previous 5 years, bringing some relief to an ongoing drought. Temperatures on average were warm, producing grapes that were fully ripe with above-average crop size. Given these conditions, 2016 was a stellar vintage.