Bien Nacido Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
This wine is 100% Chardonnay, grown at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the cool Santa Maria Valley. I’ve worked with Chardonnay from this outstanding vineyard since 1996.
2019 was a cool vintage with beautiful weather. The grapes had a long growing season and the resulting wines are beautifully balanced with loads of complexity.
The grapes for this wine were whole cluster pressed, then barrel fermented. The wine was aged ‘sûr lees’ in 33% one-year old Francois Frères French oak barrels for 14 months.
The resulting wine is a mineral driven Chardonnay with fresh apple aromas and a hint of toasty oak. The flavors of apples, minerals and pears are nicely complimented by a creamy, fresh, crisp finish.