Grand Reserve Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties Chardonnay 2016
Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon, lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this Grand Reserve Chardonnay exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish.
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Apr 2018
"The 2016 Chardonnay Grand Reserve is sourced entirely from estate vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey. Pliant and supple, with terrific depth, the Grand Reserve is another wine that punches above its weight. Apricot, orange peel, mint, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all add nuance."
In 2016, we had one of the earliest seasons ever. From bud break to harvest, we were about one month early on all fronts. Yet with this shift, the growing days were essentially the same as a “normal” season. The 2016 Grand Reserve Chardonnay was aged 9 months in 81% French oak (28% new) with the balance in American oak. The wine is sur lie aged, with lees stirred twice monthly, to integrate fruit and oak and promote a creamy mouthfeel.
70% of the wine is from the same vineyard blocks year-to-year, ensuring greater consistency and enhanced complexity with each vintage.
Monterey County’s hillside fruit brings Meyer lemon and lime to the nose, while Santa Barbara County provides tropical fruit and pineapple.
All of our estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) and SIP (Sustainability in Practice) programs.