2018 Chardonnay, Monterey
Yellow Apple, Green Plum, Citrus Rind, Straw
- 100% whole cluster pressed
- Fermented cold to 58°F for 30 days 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 and is now planted in most regions around the world. In the Monterey AVA, Chardonnay makes up more than 50% of the grape vines grown there. Specific to this region, Chardonnay is distinct for its layers of tropical flavors and bright acidity.
Central Avenue Vineyard and Lockwood 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.
The 2018 harvest was stellar. Harvest came 10 days later than it did in 2017. Rainfall was average and bloom came on time. Consistent growing conditions and moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer enabled the grapes to mature slowly and hang longer on the vines.