2017 San Simeon Chardonnay Estate Reserve

Year: 2017
Appellation: Monterey County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Rich, hedonistic and filled with plush white fruit flavors with a pillowy texture. Luscious butteriness extends into the finish, with roasted pineapple notes. Drink now through 2023. 7,000 cases made. -Kim Marcus" (WS)

"Broad and clean aromas of peach, pineapple and guava kick off the nose to this bottling. It's a down-the-middle Chardonnay on the sip, carrying familiar flavors of ripe apple, pear and sea salt, with a buttery quality that fades into the finish. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Along California’s Central Coast, the Monterey appellation of Monterey Countyprovides an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay. This cool climate is highlyinfluenced by the maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean. Starting at the Monterey Bay, morning fog and afternoon wind concentrate flavors while preserving thenatural acid balance of the grapes.

Our family farms estate vineyards in Monterey to ensure the ultimate level of grape quality. The well-drained, loamy sand soils of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco AVAs create a unique terrior, perfectly suited for Chardonnay.

Our dedication to quality continues in the cellar. Winemakers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons employ traditional techniques: barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and sur lie aging. All vineyard lots are fermented seperately to preserve their individual flavors. After fermentation, careful blending creates the greatest degree of complexity.

San Simeon Chardonnay is a rich, mouth-filling wine with ripe, tropical fruit flavors with complements of citrus and pear. The nose reveals bright fruit and toasty oak with hints of vanilla and spice. Mineral notes express the rocky terroir of the vineyards. This structured and well-balanced wine shows a lengthy finish with potential to age.