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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2016 Monterey Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

The 2016 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. The Chardonnay did not undergo malolactic fermentation, thus preserving its bright acidity and maintaining the varietal's natural characteristics.

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Accolades - 2014 Vintage

93 points, 2015 Critics Challenge


93 POINTS - GOLD MEDAL
- 2015 Critics Challenge

91 points, Beverage Testing Institute

91 POINTS - GOLD MEDAL
"Bright clear medium straw green color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of roasted pineapple, honeycrisp apples, delicate green herb - menthol, and spearmint gum dust and a bit of toast with a supple, bright, dryish medium-full body and a polished, long finish with well integrated fruit tannins and light oak. Delicate subtle balanced flavors keep coming at you, a nice hedonic persistence.Exceptional."
- Beverage Testing Institute, April 2015



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