2018 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Our Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay showcases orchard fruits and brioche-scented aromas and flavors. It’s rounded, nicely textured, and balanced.
Cold, whole-cluster pressing, no settling, barrel fermentation with native yeast, and spontaneous malolactic fermentations highlight the wonderful purity inherent in our Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay. This ‘hand off’ approach in the cellar allows for maximum site expression.
2018 began as another dry but not particularly warm winter until early February, when a system of high pressure brought daytime temperatures into the 70s, warming the dry soil and initiating early bud break in some of our vineyard sites. Then in March, an arctic cold front settled in bringing nighttime temperatures down to freezing, risking frost damage to the new shoot growth and ultimately limiting yields in many vineyard sites. This pattern of seasonally early warm temperatures with later cold creates a “false” spring in the vineyards and has become much more common in recent years. Summer was mostly mild, leading to a slightly later harvest than other recent vintages. These wines are poised and complex with depth and structure. Lower yields produced more concentrated wines, leading us to believe they have a long life ahead.
Santa Cruz Mountains
Fleshy aromas of poached nectarine and white peach coverage with salted butter and light honeysuckle on the nose of this bottling. It's broad with jasmine and peach flavors on the palate, yet with a twinge of lemony acidity and a nutty savory tone toward the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 91 points.