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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2013 Monterey Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

The 2013 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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87 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

87 Points
"Aromas of yellow melon, faint wood and just a touch of nuttiness greet the nose on this bottling from Daniel LeFrancois’ globetrotting brand. Barrel smoke hits the front of the palate, then evolves into golden pear and marzipan with slightly oxidized by pleasant finish."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2015

Silver Medal Winner

Silver Medal, Highly Recommended
"Golden silver color. Delicate aromas of spiced apples and pears and vanilla meringue with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, easy citrus, peppery spice, and nutskin finish with fine tannins and light oak. A solid Chardonnay."
- 2014 World Wine Championships

Silver Medal Winner

Silver Medal
- 2014 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition

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