2003 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay

Gary Franscioni planted his family vineyard, named after his lovely wife Rosella, on River Road in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Intense wines result from the labor intensive farming, Arroyo Seco sandy loam soil, and a marine climate highlighted by strong coastal winds blowing off Monterey Bay which make for foggy mornings, breezy afternoons and a long, drawn out growing season.

The Rosella’s Vineyard is known for its intensity of rich ripe fruit with layers of spice and minerality from the gravelly-loam soils of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This Chardonnay has complex flavors of apple, pear, lemon, and apricot flavors with hints of fresh earth all wrapped up in a blanket of spicy French oak. The finish is silky smooth with just a whisper of hazelnut and nutmeg essence.

TASTING NOTES:

Pale yellow color. Rich aroma filled with tropical fruit, spice, and vanilla bean. The wine opens up with a lively crispness that marries well with the French oak. Fruit and spice carry through this expressive wine from start to finish. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking