2017 Chardonnay, Monterey County
The color of this wine has a medium golden hue from the slow barrel fermentation in 2, 3 and 4 year old Francios Frerre burgundy barrels.
This wine was made from grapes grown at the Arroyo Loma Vineyard in King City within Monterey by famed Central Coast grower Steve McIntyre. The vineyard is sustainable and farmed organically, but not certified. The grapes were picked cool at night, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented on the natural lees and put through 100% malo-lactic. It was aged in barrel without stirring for 18 months.
This is a very rich, textured, creamy Chardonnay which is a classic pairing with Lobster on the half shell (skip the drawn butter). I love it with grilled wild caught Salmon and a lemon pesto caper sauce. If there is some of this wine left for dessert it’s nice with Creme Brûlée, bread pudding and fruit tarts.
Tasting Panel, 03/17
“Smooth, ripe and juicy with smooth vanilla oak;
mellow and balanced with ripe pear fruit and a
mellow finish; long and creamy.”
Wine Enthusiast, 05/17
“Dried apple and pear aromas meet with touches of oak, macadamia nut and wet cement on the nose of this bottling. Similar dried apple and pear flavors show on the palate, which is lifted by citrus pith and a touch of smoke on the finish."