2018 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 regions 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 the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The 2018 cuvée includes 59% fruit from our Double L estate, the balance from outstanding neighbors 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 the wine in 33% new French oak and partial malo-lactic fermentation ensured the wine a creamy richness, balanced by bright acidity.
This focused, elegant Chardonnay’s aromas feature lemon custard, nilla wafer, and sea spray. On the palate, aromas are complemented by a light touch of crème brûlée, graham cracker, and salted butter toffee. Incredibly food-friendly, the 2018 Highland Chardonnay is a perfect match for cream-sauced pastas, roast pork, and seafood.
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"Bright, fresh and crisp with lovely style and finesse; elegant and showing toasty oak and racy fruit; a stylish effort from this over-achieving winery; an excellent value."
- Anthony Dias Blue, September/October 2020