Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay

Santa Maria Valley

92 Points – The Wine Advocate, April 2017
92 Points – Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast, April 20177
The Chardonnay vines in our Nielson Vineyard feature cuttings from the original “Wente” clone planted on our estate in 1964. The clusters we select contain an optimal mix of berry sizes: the larger, riper berries provide the wine’s rich stone fruit flavors while the smaller ones contribute to the wine’s firm acidity and underlying minerality.

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Appellation Santa Maria Valley

Composition 100% Chardonnay

Clones Primarily Wente clone from Block 109 and 114a

Barrel Regime 100% barrel fermentation with 100% malolactic fermentation 100% French oak, 54% new

Cases Produced 348

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