2018 Calera Chardonnay

Year: 2018
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"There's plenty of spicy richness to the deep well of apple and peach pastry flavors that are backed by firm acidity. The toasty finish shows buttery touches. Drink now. 13,487 cases made. -K.M." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Production Notes:
100% Chardonnay; OAK PROFILE & AGING: Aged in 100% French oak, 5% new

Winemaker Notes:
Showcasing the vibrant charm of Chardonnay grown on the cool, windswept Central Coast, this wine displays enticing aromas of lemon zest, green apple, cedar and passionfruit. On the palate, mouthcoating waves of tropical fruit are balanced by a beam of natural acidity, with French oak-inspired hints of toasted brioche emerging on the finish.

The quality of the 2018 growing season on California’s Central Coast was fantastic. After warm early spring weather led to an early budbreak, the temperatures cooled in late-spring, followed by sunny days with moderate temperatures throughout the summer. This provided us with some of the longest hangtimes we have ever seen in a few of our Central Coast vineyards, which resulted in beautifully ripe flavors overall. At the same time, the temperate weather allowed the fruit to retain ideal acidity, yielding vibrant and complex wines, with excellent structure and alluring flavors.