Mandolin Chardonnay Monterey wine2013 Chardonnay Monterey

Vintage Notes
The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of 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.

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Press & Acclaim
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

2007 Vintage
86 points - Value & By-The-Glass Recommendations
"Crisp acidity and laser-pure fruit immediately characterize this as a Central Coast Chardonnay. It's not a blockbuster, but with zesty pineapple, apricot and peach flavors, it's a great buy at this price."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, February 2009 Download PDF

2005 Vintage
85 points - Best Buy
"Pretty good wine for 10 bucks. It's dry and crisp, in the Monterey style, with good citrus fruit and mineral flavors that are accented by sweet oak."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2007 Download PDF

Wine Data
Alcohol: 13.9%
TA: .64
pH: 3.50
Oak Cooperage: French oak 8 months
Residual Sugar: 0.032g/100ml
Cases Produced: 1,125

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