2021 District 7 Chardonnay
Our Chardonnay comes from our certified sustainable, estate vineyards in the cooler more northern part of Monterey County where brisk wind and foggy conditions produce wines of great character, texture and structure. Planted on well-draining bluffs, benches and hillsides, our vineyards offer ideal conditions for Chardonnay and other cool-climate varieties.
The grapes were harvested at their peak based on brix, acidity, pH and flavor. In the early morning hours, the fruit was delivered to the winery, gently pressed and fermented cool in stainless steel tanks to retain the aromatics and accentuate freshness. 35% of the wine was aged with new French oak to add aromatic complexity and bring out the vanilla and sweet oak flavors.
Our 2021 Chardonnay is pure Monterey. The aromas are fresh and extroverted with notes of yellow apple, stone fruit and pear, accented by hints of vanilla and caramel. On the palate, it is medium bodied, crisp and balanced with bright fruit and lingering notes of sweet oak on the finish. The combination of fruit, viscosity and structure ensures this Chardonnay can accompany a wide variety of foods from soft cheeses to roasted chicken or seafood.