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2016 Double L Chardonnay

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SKU: 16CHD7

Chardonnay is the world's most popular white vinifera, planted in almost every wine region. But to be its best, it requires a cool climate, a long growing season, and well-drained soils - all key attributes found in the S.L.H.

The Double L Vineyard is well situated to produce Chardonnay of the highest caliber.  Located near the northern tip of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, the vineyard receives brisk afternoon breezes from nearby Monterey Bay.  North-south vineyard row orientation allows for optimum sun exposure on the Highlands’ east - facing terraces.  Wind and sun combine for a long, cool growing season, resulting in vibrant fruit flavors with balanced acidity.  The vineyard was certified organic in 2002, although it has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.

Honey, graham cracker, and squash aromas are echoed on the palate, framed by fresh acidity and a hint of salinity - a nod to Double L’s proximity to Monterey Bay.  One of the finest food wines, the Double L Chardonnay will pair wonderfully with seafood and poultry dishes, as well as a buttery steak.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date
September 16th, 2016
Acid
7.0 g/l
pH
3.24
Aging
10 months in 100% french oak; 15% new
Fermentation
90% Malolactic
Bottling Date
August 2017
Alcohol %
14.5
Production
914 Cases

A History of Acclaim

2016 vintage:

2015 vintage:

2014 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2012 vintage: 93 Points - The Tasting Panel
2011 vintage: 92 Points - The Wine Advocate
2010 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2009 vintage: 91 Points -  International Wine Review
2008 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2007 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2006 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2005 vintage: Five Stars - Restaurant Wine
2004 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2003 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2002 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2001 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast