2015 Highland Chardonnay
Chardonnay, the most popular white wine varietal. A noble grape, originally from Burgundy, now with its world-class reputation firmly established in the best coastal region of the New World.
The Santa Lucia Highlands - Monterey Bay’s cool ocean breezes lead to gentle ripening in the foothills above the Salinas Valley. Perfect conditions for growing award-winning Chardonnay.
With each vintage of Highland Chardonnay, we showcase the unique attributes of our Double L Vineyard and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The 2015 cuvee includes 67% fruit from the Double L and the balance from outstanding neighboring estates in the SLH, including McIntyre and Tondre. The Double L Vineyard has been “Certified Organic” since 2002 but has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.
The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. Whole cluster pressing preserved the fruit flavors and natural acidity. We barrel fermented in 32% new French oak, along with a combination of one and two year old and neutral barrels. Partial malo-lactic fermentation ensured a creamy richness balanced by bright fruit acidity.
This focused, elegant Chardonnay’s aromas feature lemon, butter croissant, and summer squash. On the palate, the rich fruit flavors are complemented by a light touch graham cracker and salted butter caramel. Incredibly food-friendly, the 2015 Highland Chardonnay is a perfect match with cream-sauced pastas, roast chicken and pork, and seafood.
A History of Acclaim
2015 vintage: To be reviewed
2014 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast / Editors' Choice
2013 vintage: 90 Points - International Wine Review, Wine Review Online, and Vinous
2012 vintage: 91 Points - The Tasting Panel
2011 vintage: 92 Points - The Wine Advocate
2010 vintage: 91 Points - California Grapevine
2009 vintage: 88 Points - California Grapevine
2008 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2007 vintage: 91 Points - International Wine Review
2006 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast