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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2008 Monterey Chardonnay

Tasting Notes
The 2008 Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay captures the cool-climate characteristics of Monterey and varietal. The wine has crisp acidity and intense tropical fruit, hallmarks of Monterey. Crisp acidity and nuances of sweet oak create a well-balanced, fruit-forward Chardonnay.

Food Pairings
Enjoy with roast chicken, seafood chowders, salmon, white fish and mushroom sauces.
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Regional Notes
The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey County, where the Pacific Ocean's morning fogs and cool winds drawn into the Salinas Valley from Monterey Bay creates one of the world's longest growing seasons. The longer growing season provides ample hang time, allowing Chardonnay wines to develop full, forward fruit flavors and balanced acidity. The vineyards benefit from well-drained granitic soils and are sheltered from harsh weather by the Santa Lucia Mountains.
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Vintage Notes
The 2008 vintage experienced lower than average rainfall, a very hot summer and sudden frosts in mid-fall that resulted in lower than average yields and very small berries, leading to full, concentrated fruit flavors.

Winemaking Notes
Steady temperatures throughout the growing season ensure that the grapes developed forward fruit flavors, with harvest taking place during September and through October. The small clusters of Chardonnay grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid. The wine was barrel fermented in neutral French oak barrels and aged sur lies for four months. The Chardonnay did not undergo malolactic fermentation, thus preserving its bright acidity and maintaining the varietal's natural characteristics.



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