2015 Talbott Chardonnay Kali Hart

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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100% estate-grown Chardonnay

"A fruity style, with plenty of Fuji apple and pastry notes that are well-oaked. Butter and spice details show on the juicy finish. Drink now. 53,000 cases made. –KM " (WS)

"This rich and strongly aromatic bottling shows marshmallow, cotton candy and banana cream on the nose. The palate picks up a freshness and flinty character, with rounded, ripe flavors of honeysuckle and lemon cream. The strong acidity and grippy texture keep the wine in line." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Kali Hart is our most fruit-forward expression of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. In the winery, we let the grapes guide the way with minimal influence, resulting in a luscious, bright wine. Aromas of vanilla and brioche in the aroma lead to notes of mandarin, pineapple and melon contribute to an unctuous, inviting palate. Following the dense tropical fruit flavors, there is a soft, wonderfully clean finish with a touch of minerality and hard spice notes.

The 2015 vintage in Monterey County was one of the smallest on record. With neither excessive heat spikes nor cool stretches interfering with development, fruit ripened evenly in these moderate, dry conditions, building excellent ripeness and balance with intense concentration and density of flavor. Wines from 2015 are showing expressive layers of ripe fruit on the palette.

One of the first vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Talbott’s Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is comprised of 565 acres on an expansive hillside. Located on a picturesque benchland only 13 miles from Monterey Bay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is the second most northerly in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Here, the well-drained vineyard features Arroyo Seco and Chualar gravelly loam soils enable the vines to pick up subsoil minerals, creating rich, concentrated flavors. With a long, cool growing season, the grapes develop the character, intensity and depth of flavor for which the vineyard has become famous. Talbott is one of 37 growers in the Santa Lucia Highlands, but among the elite few fortunate enough to be a grower-producer.