2015 Mail Road Chardonnay Mt. Carmel Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.4%
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"Very minerally and pure-tasting, with vibrant acidity behind the green apple, citrus and pear flavors. The mouthwatering finish is zesty and lightly spiced. Drink now through 2023. 145 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Mt Carmel Vineyard has a nose of toasted almonds and allspice with a core of ripe pears, peach kernels and applesauce. Medium-bodied with a good intensity of citrus and stone fruit flavors, it has a racy acid line and mineral-laced finish." (WA)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Mt. Carmel Vineyard is powerful and intense, yet retains tremendous freshness. Nuanced and creamy on the palate, it is full of personality. Flowers, lemon peel and white pepper add to the wine's chiseled, finely cut personality. Following my last tasting of the 2015, winemaker Matt Dees gave the Chardonnay six months in tank, which really perked up the flavors." (VM)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Mount Carmel Vineyard is a racy, vibrant white that stays nicely balanced on the palate. Citrus blossom, lime and hints of spring flowers all emerge from this interesting white that again, is going to appeal to the acid lovers out there." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Own-rooted, 100% Mt. Carmel 1 Clone (CH), planted 1990.

Vine density: 906/acre.

Yields: 1.3 tons/acre.

100% destemmed.

Barrel regime: 40% new (French), 30% neutral (French), 30% stainless steel.

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