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2021 Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay

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Metallico is chardonnay in its purest form, unadorned by oak. Select clones from top growers display intense tropical aromas and minerality.

Upon arriving at the winery, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed. After pressing, the juice was cold tank fermented, retaining the essential bright fruit and mineral characters. The wine did not go through a secondary malolactic fermentation.

Metallico’s aromatics are intense with white peach, citrus blossom, and pineapple. The palate has ripe fruit flavors of green apple and lemon meringue. This wine encompasses a light-medium body with bright acidity and a long finish. It’s a perfect accompaniment to shellfish and lighter summertime fare.

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Wine Specs

Santa Lucia Highlands
6.5 g/l
6 months in stainless steel
Malolactic 0%
Alcohol %

91 Points
"Tightly woven aromas of lime pith, Meyer lemon, chalk and jicama draw the nose into this unoaked bottling. There’s a firmly stony expression on the palate, giving a mineral edge to the honeysuckle and riper apple flavors."
- Matt Kettmann, December 2022

90 Points
"Unoaked Chardonnay can be a bit of a curiosity domestically. A few producers, like Morgan, find it to be a fine alternative to the other horses in the stable, so they give it its due attention. This vintage gets at the tropical side of the variety without getting sweet, showing papaya along with pineapple and nectarine. If you think you don’t like Chardonnay, you might find out that it’s the wood treatment you don’t like when you try this wine." 
- Rich Cook, September 2022

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