Mandolin Chardonnay Monterey wine2016 Chardonnay Monterey

Vintage Notes
The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards in Monterey County, where high winds, dry days, and bay fogs create a cool, but very long, growing season. These growing conditions are ideal for cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay, and lead to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. Grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid, and the wine was fermented in 1-2 year-old French oak barrels. This wine underwent partial malo-lactic fermentation, thus preserving its bright acidity.

Tasting Notes
With its maritime influence, California’s Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Chardonnay has a lush tropical fruit core, balanced by crisp acidity and nicely integrated oak.


Press & Acclaim
2014 Vintage
88 points
"Smooth and lush with juicy style and tangy acidity; balanced and rich."
- Tasting Panel, October-November 2014 Download PDF

2012 Vintage
85 points - Best Buy
"This is your basic California Chardonnay with oak, orange, Meyer lemon, and papaya flavors. Produced without malolactic fermentaon, the palate is vibrant with acidity."
- Wine Enthusiast, March 2014 Download PDF

88 points
"Clean and smooth with soft fruit and vanilla oak notes; juicy, long and balanced."
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, January 2014 Download PDF

Wine Data
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.5%
TA: .59
pH: 3.67
Oak Cooperage: French oak 5 months
Residual Sugar: 0.043g/100ml
Cases Produced: 750

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