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The Santa Lucia Highlands, located in the central coast, is one of California’s premier cool-climate winegrowing regions. Known for its pinot noir and chardonnay, the region benefits from the wind and cooling effects of nearby Monterey Bay, which allow for extended hangtime and impeccable acid balance in its chardonnay grapes. 

Hand-picked at night to preserve the freshness of the grapes, the 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay was pressed off the skins and fermented in 40% neutral oak and 60% stainless steel. Stainless steel maintains the crisper characteristics of this wine, while neutral oak and stirring of the lees in barrel provide a softer mouthfeel and complexity. The chardonnay did not go through malolactic fermentation, preserving its freshness and green apple nuances. On the nose, the 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay showcases lemongrass and kaffir lime. The palate delivers plenty of minerality, with a fresh, focused finish. 

Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Varietal
Chardonnay
Clones
4
Planted
1999
Yield
1.5-2 tons per acre
Soil
Alluvial loam
Climate
Coastal/Mediterranean
Cooperage
60% stainless, 40% neutral oak
pH
3.39
Acid
7.1
Alcohol
14.1%
Production
300 Cases produced
Cellar Recommendation
Please enjoy through 2018

2014
Santa Lucia Highlands
Chardonnay