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.
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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"Stony aromas of crisp nectarine, taut pear and chalk cut through the nose on this bottling. The palate is texturally engaging, fresh and chalky, offering lively flavors of Asian pear, lemongrass and Makrut lime leaf, with just enough broadness in the midpalate to please many." - Matt Kettmann, December 2020
"Bright, fresh, crisp, and lovely, with toasty oak and racy fruit. It’s not only an elegant and stylish effort from this overachieving winery but also an excellent value." - Anthony Dias Blue, September/October 2020
"Brilliant straw-gold. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by hints of jasmine, vanilla and ginger. Juicy and tightly focused on the palate, offering lively Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors that slowly unfurl through the midpalate. Shows fine definition and spicy bite on the long, focused finish, which leaves lemon zest and fennel notes behind." - Josh Raynolds, October 2020
"Coming from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2018 Chardonnay Highland offers subtle notes of stone fruits, melon, and honeyed lemons to go with a medium-bodied, balanced, nicely textured style on the palate. It's another impeccably made wine from this estate that's incredibly drinkable. It should keep nicely for a couple of years."
- Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021