Winery Tasting Notes: Our 2014 Estate is one of our boldest, most complex Chardonnays to date. It offers an intensely aromatic bouquet redolent of nectarine, pear, key lime, guava and grilled almonds. The palate is rich, opulent and creamy with a complimentary blast of French oak in the finish. While it is remarkably concentrated and voluptuous, this Chardonnay also displays the grace and elegance typical of our Estate bottling.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 14.3%
Winemaker Name: Steve McIntyre
Cases Produced: 232
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Pairings: Rotisserie chicken with rosemary,melted brie and apples, marcona almonds
Accolades: 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Fun Facts: At McIntyre our winemaking style is minimalistic. We endeavor to let the beautiful fruit shine through with limited intervention. The grapes for this Chardonnay were harvested and hand-sorted in the early morning hours. Primary and malolactic fermentations were carried out with the wild, indigenous yeast and bacteria that naturally thrive in the vineyard. While it is never easy to compensate for Mother Nature’s peculiarities, this wine is undoubtedly enhanced by the work we did in the vineyard. It is a blend of two separate harvesting dates (early and late) from our Dijon clone 76 block.
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