2017 Chamisal Vineyards Chardonnay Monterey

Year: 2017
Appellation: Monterey County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
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"A full-bore style, loaded with oaky notes that accent the ripe white fruit and spice flavors. Smoky details show on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 7,500 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay Monterey County opens with notes of gunflint and toast over baked apples, yellow pears, popcorn and a tropical tinge. The palate is medium-bodied and rounded with an über spicy, fresh fruit profile lifted by mouthwatering acidity, and it finishes long and toasty. This has an appealing yin-yang of savory and bright citrus character." (WA)

"The largest production cuvée, the 2017 Chardonnay Monterey County saw 11 months in 40% new French oak. Solid amounts of orchard fruits, spice, and honeyed toast emerge from this effort, a fleshy, soft, charming white that has loads of upfront charm and character. It's not going to make old bones, but it would be a solid house white to enjoy over the coming year or two." (JD)

"Broad and creamy aromas are cut by lemon juice and crushed chalk on the approachable nose of this bottling. The smoky quality extends to the palate, where toasted almond, ripe peach and salted lemons make for a mouthwatering experience. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Fruit for this wine hails from the Mistral Vineyard, located just north of San Lucas where the Salinas Valley narrows and the winds are at their most extreme. The Monterey bay winds funnel through this site, where the vineyard sits on a southwest facing bench. Vineyard aspect on a southwest-facing bench promotes ample ripeness balanced by cool winds funneled in from Monterey Bay.

We welcomed the 2017 vintage after ample, much needed rains. We saw a more typical growing season starting with a later budbreak. Late rains looked to delay harvest until a series of record highs in September. Fortunately, the heat helped to develop full, lush Chardonnay fruit clusters of excellent quality.

Our 2017 Monterey County Chardonnay is vinified using traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques. This includes whole cluster pressing, barrel fermentations, batonnage, native yeast, and malolactic fermentation. We utilize press cuts to fine-tune quality and vinify in many small lots, allowing to assemble our Monterey Chardonnay with a focus on quality and richness