Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay 2016
The 2016 Unleashed Chardonnay simply screams “ripe fruit and cream” in its lush and unoaked style of Chardonnay. A blend of 3 of the north coast's best vineyards!
Rabble Chardonnay 2016$26.00
Murmur Vineyard in Santa Maria is at the confluence of sun, snow, stream and sea. Planted in 2008 on south-facing sandy slopes, the vineyard is just 12 miles from the Pacific Coast. 25 degree diurnal shifts, snow dustings, summer sun, bitter winds, and dense fog are commonplace. The extremity of the climate creates fruit of uncommon concentration and uniform ripeness. The Rabble Chardonnay 2016 features a bright and floral nose with tangerine peel, white peach, jasmine flowers lemon oil and pastry. Lush and round it wraps around the palate with bursts of kiwi, passion fruit, and underlined lemon pith. The finish is juicy with subtle minerality, clean ripe citrus and wet stone.
Steven Kent Merrillie Chardonnay 2015, Mission Ranch, Arroyo Seco$34.00
The Mirassou family – the oldest winemaking family in the United States – have been pioneers in a number of important ways. One of the most relevant in terms of this new Chardonnay release is that they were the first family to plant vineyards in modern-day Monterey County in 1961. Aged on the lees for about 10 months and barrel-fermented in about 50% new French oak, three sub-lots of Chardonnay were blended and bottled without filtration or fining. Each sub-lot (of roughly equal size) was fermented with a different yeast regimen. For one portion we did “native” fermentation (letting the ambient yeast environment ferment the must) while the other lots were fermented with one of our favored cultured
yeasts: CY-3079 and QA23. Each lot was wonderfully individualistic, differing in flavor, aroma, and texture. Together, they created a wine of finesse and elegance; mouth-filling richness underscored by precise, length-producing acidity.
Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast$17.00
Sean Minor says, “We enjoy wine every day with dinner, when friends and family come to visit, during celebrations… actually, I can’t think of times we don’t enjoy wine.” So in 2005, we started our wine business and began producing wines from premier appellations throughout California.The Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast Chardonnay is a golden straw color and displays aromas of apricot, apple, and honeydew with subtle notes of butter. On the entry, tropical fruit notes with green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel. The green apple and pear finish with juicy acidity which provides a lengthy finish.