2011 ARROYO GRANDE CHARDONNAY
11 ARROYO GRANDE CHARD BLUE LABEL CALIFORNIA 12/750 13.25%
“Our Arroyo Grande Chardonnay fruit comes from vines planted on the Talley Vineyard – just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard, planted in the early 1980’s to the Robert Young heritage clone, is tucked into the lush and diverse valley comprised of loamy-clay soils. The fruit benefits from the cool, marine climate and rich, decomposed oceanic soils that are prevalent in the area. This genuine coastal Chardonnay lends a brilliant clarity and golden, crystalline hue. The fresh hints of clementine and lime construct a mineral-driven, yet succulent wine with a bright natural acidity and linear finish.”
The advanced age of the Arroyo Grande vines allows them to self-regulate so they rarely require water or other inputs and this is among the last fruit to make its way into our winery each harvest. Once we bring the grapes in, we whole-cluster press the grapes on a slow, extended cycle. We go to barrel with solids and opt for native yeast fermentation, without inoculation, in 100% French oak. The 10% of the oak that is new tends to enhance the breadth of the palate without imparting an overtly oaked or toasty nose. The wines eventually clarify in barrel over 10 months such that only a light polishing before bottle is needed.