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2017 Double L Chardonnay

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SKU: 17CHD7

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.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Double L Vineyard
Harvest Date
9/5 - 9/25/2017
Acid
7.9 g/l
pH
3.15
Aging
10 months in French oak; 24% new
Fermentation
70% Malolactic
Bottling Date
August 2018
Alcohol %
14.1
Production
1,489 Cases

A History of Acclaim

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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