2015 Bien Nacido Chardonnay

Hand harvested at night, and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aging was sur lie for 18 months in French oak; 27% new. This wine was bottled unfiltered.

Inviting aromas of Meyer lemon, chamomile and cut straw burst out of the glass. The bright entry yields to a dense and energetic palate that is all straight lines and mouth watering minerality.

Vineyard Sites

Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley. 600 feet elevation, this site is 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Varietal

Chardonnay, clone 4

Vine Age

Planted in 1973

Yield

2.4 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.0%

Cases

222

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Soils

Elder, and Chamise shaly loams. The vineyard has a great diversity of soils containing limestone, shales, uplifted marine volcanics, and loam.