2018 Sean Minor Chardonnay (Four Bears)

Year: 2018
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Notes of toasted almond accent the baked apple and ripe pear flavors. Oak and spice elements linger on the finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. -K.M." (WS)

"Fresh aromas of grapefruit, lemon and a hint of pear carry the nose. There is a snappy freshness to the palate, where bright flavors of apple and pear meet with sea salt and sizzling acidity. Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Our Central Coast Chardonnay is a golden straw color and displays aromas of white peach, pears and tropical nuances with subtle notes of butter. On the entry, pear, pineapple and green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel. Those same fruit flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the lengthy finish.

Winemaking Notes:
Our Chardonnay fruit was 100% whole-cluster pressed to minimize astringency from the skins and immediately racked to stainless steel. Once settled, a portion was fermented in small French oak barrels while the remaining lot was left in stainless steel tanks to ferment. The slow and cool fermentation allowed the wine to develop a balance of ripe tropical fruit flavors and crisp apple and mineral nuances. Once primary fermentation was completed, a portion of the wine went through malo-lactic fermentation which softens the wine and provides a perfect balance.