2018 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.
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.
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.
Pineapple, lemon custard, and vanilla bean are echoed on the palate by summer squash and 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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"Pale, glistening gold. A suave, expressive bouquet features fresh mango, pear, fresh fig and buttered toast, and spicy ginger and floral nuances emerge as the wine opens up. Well-concentrated and focused on the palate, the spine of juicy acidity supporting powerful tropical and orchard fruit, Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and saffron flavors. Rich but lithe as well, with strong finishing energy and floral-tinged persistence. 30% new French oak."
- Josh Raynolds, October 2020
"The aromas arriver over time in the glass revealing lemon balm, white peach and petrichor. Soft and elegant on the palate, with delicate but satisfying flavors of lemon and pineapple with a nutty oak background. Crisp, with a bright citrus-infused finish." - Rusty Gaffney, October 2020
"The 2018 Chardonnay Double L Vineyard is another racy, crisp, yet concentrated Chardonnay in the lineup that has loads to love. Caramelized citrus, toasted bread, honeycomb, and some orchard fruit notes give way to a medium-bodied, nicely textured, balanced Chardonnay offering bright acids and a clean, lengthy finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years." - Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021