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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2012 Monterey Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

The 2012 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.
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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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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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88 Points, Silver Medal Winner

88 Points
"Golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, spiced apple and nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, toasted lemon tart finish. Very clean and balanced."
- Beverage Testing Institute, May 2014

88 Points, Silver Medal Winner

Silver Medal
- World Wine Championships, May 2014

Silver Medal Winner

Silver Medal
- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition

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