2017 Coastview Chardonnay
Pro tip: Blind taste your friend who’s “Not a Chardonnay drinker” and show them how versatile the grape can be (or a Burgundy aficionado who doesn't drink California). Drink now or cellar it (or preferably both).
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay - Dijon Clone - Reservoir Block
Vineyard: Straddling an exposed ridge of limestone, granite and chalk soils, the Coastview Vineyard sits at 2400 feet elevation with sweeping views of the Salinas Valley, the surrounding Gabilan Mountains, and Monterey Bay in the distance. Coastview was purchased in the 90s by John Allen, who continues to organically farm the vineyard alongside his son, Parker. Their holistic approach with focus on sustainability can be seen in everything, from the large flock of Pygmy sheep that they use in lieu of herbicides, to the artesian spring wells that they use for irrigation in times of severe drought.
Breezes blowing in from the Bay create a maritime climate, with warm days of consistent sunshine moderated by cool nights for even ripening -- making for concentrated flavors in the grapes and elegant acidity.
Method - This fruit is picked around 22 brix. Whole clusters go into press, the juice is browned in the press pan and put to tank for a few days of settling. It’s then put to barrel to ferment and age for five months. It’s then racked to tank for another 5 months to slim up in stainless. Unfined, unfiltered and untouched. No sulfur is harmed in the making of this wine
Case Production: 294 Cases Produced
ABV: 12.5% Alcohol