2014 Chardonnay, Griva Vineyard
Found in the heart of the Arroyo Seco growing region, the Griva Vineyard is located in the midst of a dried riverbed. It is a place where meager, shallow surface soil meets hardpan subsoil just below the surface. Add to those low yielding conditions, the large river rocks that litter the surface as well as howling wind and foggy mornings and you have an ideal location for the cultivation of distinct grapes.
Comprised exclusively of Dijon clone 76 chardonnay, grapes were whole-cluster pressed and inoculated with Prise de Mousse (yeast isolate). Racked to seven French oak barrels (14% new) the wine was fermented and then aged for nine months; half of that time was spent rested on its lees. Completing malolactic fermentation in barrel the wine was bottled on July 30, 2015. Showcasing the racy nature of the Arroyo Seco AVA, the bouquet features layers of Meyer lemon and Crimson King apple mingle with lime spritz, ripe nectarine, spiced-quince paste and mineral tones. On the palate, the texture is creamy with bright orchard and citrus fruit flavors carried through the finish.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast: "Waxy lemons, wet gravel, sweet Gala apple and yellow-peach aromas show on the nose of this bottling from an emerging region in the middle of Monterey County. The palate offers salted-nectarine flavors doused with a drizzle of fresh-squeezed lemon." - M.K. (9/1/16)
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