I first came to love Chardonnay many years ago when I fell in love with French Burgundy. I was born in France so I think it is in my blood! I loved it so much that when Frank and I welcomed a dog into our home, we named our little bichon frise Chardonnay, along with her partner, Chablis. Over the years, though, my love affair with Chardonnay (the wine, not the dog) waned. I felt that this classic varietal too often veered into the over-oaked and over-seasoned territory. I want a wine that I can drink on its own or set down on the table and enjoy WITH food, not compete AGAINST food. So when I decided to partner with the Scheid family, our goal was to craft a wine with poise, one that allowed the true varietal character of the Chardonnay grape to shine. GIFFT Chardonnay is that wine.
Our GIFFT Chardonnay exhibits richness, depth and complexity, balanced by lively acidity and an essential freshness. Featuring the gorgeous tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Monterey Chardonnays,GIFFT Chardonnay strikes the ideal balance between rich and refreshing.
Our Chardonnay hails from the Scheid family’s estate vineyards in Monterey County. The Monterey growing region is a little slice of Chardonnay heaven, with evening coastal fogs that often linger until mid-morning the following day. The winds that sweep through the vineyards each day bring a natural cooling effect, allowing extra “hang time”. Increased hang time leads to more intense flavor development and enhanced richness of fruit.
The grapes were picked in the cool, early morning hours then brought to the winery where they 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 accentuate the aromatic fruit components. Half of the blend was aged in stainless steel to retain bright fruit flavors, lively aromatics and crisp acidity. The other half was aged on 100% French oak for rich texture, complexity and just a hint of buttery, vanilla creaminess.