Metz Road was created out of our desire to express the unique terroir of a single vineyard site. At Scheid Family Wines, we grow Chardonnay on eight of our estate vineyards. For Metz Road, we select the top vineyard block from each vintage to craft a vineyard-designated Chardonnay that is genuine in style and exemplifies this classic varietal.
Riverview Vineyard is our northernmost vineyard in Monterey County. Located two miles southeast of Soledad and adjacent to the Pinnacles, this 215-acre vineyard is nestled on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. The bench location aids in creating excellent air flow and the southwestern exposure maximizes available sunlight and allows the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. The soils are well-drained and comprised of decomposed granite. Riverview is an ideal site for ultra-premium Chardonnay with a Burgundian flavor profile. The cooler climate produces a steelier style, with distinct notes of minerality.
The 2012 growing season was picture-perfect. The spring months were temperate and uneventful, with no significant frost threats and ideal temperatures. Cool nights and overcast mornings followed by breezy afternoons made the summer months perfect for even ripening and good flavor development. Excellent harvest-time conditions allowed us to let the grapes hang until optimal ripeness was achieved.
The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning of October 10, 2012 and gently whole-cluster pressed. The juice was chilled and lightly settled, then racked off of the heavy lees to a different stainless steel tank for a slow fermentation at a cool temperature to enhance the varietal aromatics. Following fermentation, the wine was racked to 100% French oak barrels (60% new) for 18 months.
Juicy red apples, citrus and bright tropical fruit greet the nose, followed by lilting aromas of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate delivers concentrated apple and pear flavors with a distinct mineral component. Beautifully balanced, the well-integrated oak doesn’t overpower and a soft, full mouthfeel is complemented by a balanced acidity.