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Cinnabar Winery

2017 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2017 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

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SKU: 6751

The Taste


Lemon Zest, Graham Cracker, Gardenia

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Chardonnay

Sunny  Acres Vineyard

152 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 12, 2017
Released May 1, 2019
Age 5-7 years

The Magic

  • Whole-cluster pressed
  • 100% barrel fermented using native yeast
  • Aged for 11 months in French oak (30% new)
  • The lees (yeast cells that settle to the bottom of the barrel) are stirred monthly during fermentation to extract flavor, aroma, and texture

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

Chardonnay is the most widely planted white wine grape in California. When grown in a cool region, such as the Santa Cruz Mountains, Chardonnay grapes result in well-structured wines with great aging potential because the cooler climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly, maintaining acidity and lively flavors of green apple, minerality, and citrus.

The Land

Sunny Acres is a cane-pruned vineyard 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which consists of 4 acres of heavy clay soils. on heavy clay soils. These complex soils, combined with the cooling  maritime influence, produce grapes high in natural acidity that result in well-structured wines with tremendous ageability.

The Season


The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain.  With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly below-average size crop with good intensity and flavor.

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