2020 Boekenoogen Chardonnay
Beginning in 1997, John Boekenoogen transformed his family's historic ranch high in the Santa Lucia Mountains into one of the region's best-known estates. The high altitude Boekenoogen Vineyard is located on the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, offering well-drained mountainside soils and exposure to cooling coastal air.
Hand sorted grapes were whole cluster pressed, preserving fruit flavors and natural acidity. The juice was barrel fermented with native yeast in 100% French oak (30% new), followed by nine months of barrel aging.
In the glass, the Boekenoogen Vineyard Chardonnay displays a beautiful light straw hue. On the nose, aromas of salted butter toffee are joined by lemon curd and graham cracker. Those elements are echoed on the palate by pineapple and meyer lemon. Malolactic fermentation adds a rounded mouthfeel to the wine’s tropical fruit and bright acidity.
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