2021 Tondré Chardonnay
Tondré Alarid and son Joe Alarid, both steeped in California’s agricultural history, planted Tondré Grapefield in 1997. Exposed southeast facing slopes, strong marine influence, and well-draining glacial soils are the recipe for ultra-premium fruit. Tondré Grapefield is SIP Certified, underlining the Alarids’ commitment to sustainable farming practices.
Hand-sorted grapes were whole cluster pressed, preserving fruit flavors and natural acidity. Barrel fermentation in 30% new French oak began with native yeast. Fifty percent malo-lactic fermentation and lees stirring were conducted to obtain a medium body with balanced richness and acidity.
In the glass, the wine displays a beautiful light golden hue. Perfumes of apple blossom, honey, and gunflint are supported by pineapple, green apple, and a hint of sweet baking spices on the palate. It should be served at cellar temperature and will go well with flavorful seafood and poultry dishes.