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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2011 Monterey Chardonnay

Tasting Notes
The 2011 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. 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 2011 growing season in Monterey is remembered for its wet spring, unusually mild summer and a heavy storm in October. Even though crop yields were below average due to the cool growing conditions, the harvested grapes were of extremely good quality. The extended hangtime resulted in enhanced bright fruit flavors, while preserving the acidity of the wine.

Winemaking Notes
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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