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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2009 Monterey Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

The 2009 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, and nuances of sweet oak to 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 2009 vintage had lower yields than usual due to drought conditions and early season frost that delayed vine growth in some areas. Vine growth caught up quickly with the help of heat spikes in August and September. Harvest started slightly early and moved swiftly.

Winemaking Notes

Low rainfall in the spring, hot summer days and a sudden freeze right before harvest produced small berry clusters that offered concentrated, fruit-forward characteristics. 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.



86 points
"A good Chardonnay, modestly oaked, with pleasant flavors of lemons, pineapples, buttered toast and cinnamon spice. Brisk acidity makes it finish bright and clean."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast, July 2011


Silver Medal
- 2011 San Diego International Wine Competition
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