Each vintage, we strive to craft a Chardonnay that strikes a perfect balance between rich and refreshing. Through the judicious use of oak, we seek to complement, not detract from, the gorgeous tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of District 7. Our 2015 vintage has aromas of green apples and butterscotch that lead into a lively blend of pear, pineapple and citrus flavors that pair well with grilled seafood, roast chicken, or your favorite salad.
Our cool climate estate vineyards, located just outside of the town of Greeneld, are blessed with a climate that is perfect for growing top quality Chardonnay. With morning fogs that often linger until mid-day, the intricate fruit avors have time to develop while preserving crucial acidity. These just-right conditions place Monterey on par with the best growing regions of the world.
The 2015 vintage came with a unique set of climatic challenges producing lower yields than 2014 but some of the highest quality grapes to date. A late spring freeze stunted fruit set, but the beautiful summer and fall seasons gifted our vineyards with the perfect combination of cool morning, warm afternoons and temperate nights. The resulting fruit was the perfect expression of classic Monterey coastal Chardonnay.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, chilled, and racked clean to a refrigerated stainless steel tank. The juice was slowly fermented at a cool temperature to enhance the varietal aromatics. We strive for a rich yet refreshing flavor profile, achieved through a combination of stainless steel and oak fermentation. The result is a fresh and vibrant wine that allows the natural flavor of the grape to shine.