2017 Double L Chardonnay
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.
Our signature, single vineyard Chardonnay showcases the lush tropical fruit and minerality typical of its terroir. Rich yet balanced, this limited release is pure Double L.
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 morning fog and 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, though it has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.
Lemon curd, baking spices, and caramel aromas are echoed on the palate by meyer lemon and salted butter toffee. One of the finest food wines, the Double L Chardonnay will pair wonderfully with seafood and poultry dishes, as well as a buttery steak.
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"Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. This wine has more of the steely minerality that many Chardonnay aficionados relish. Aromas of petrichor, cold steel, lemon curd and brioche. Very classy in the mouth, with lemon-driven flavor and a hint of honey and blonde caramel. Soft and soothing in texture, with exceptional acidic drive, culminating in a quenching, lemony finish. This is a California Chardonnay that will please many white Burgundy geeks." - Rusty Gaffney, July 2019
"Pale shimmering gold. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes pear nectar, honeydew melon, buttered toast and white flowers. Silky, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit, floral and vanilla flavors and a hint of smoky lees. Rich yet lively and focused, showing outstanding clarity on an impressively long, mineral- and floral-driven finish." - Josh Raynolds, November 2019
"Silky and juicy with bright, tangy apple; lively and mouth-filling, this wine is another exciting winner from a producer known for serious quality. It finishes with style and finesse." - Anthony Dias Blue, November/December 2019
"Clean lines of lime balm, lemon verbena and a touch of buttered toast show on the nose of this bottling. There's great crispness to the palate as well as a leathery grip, showcasing flavors of lemon spray and sour grapefruit—very tense and engaging." - Matt Kettmann, January 2020