Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay

Santa Maria Valley

92 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, August 2017
93 Points – The Wine Advocate, September 2017
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. This wine benefits from cool temperature barrel fermentation utilizing native yeast, and the lees are stirred every two weeks for enhanced mouthfeel and texture.

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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, 52% new

Cases Produced 400

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