2005 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, planted in 1973 in what is now known as the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation of Monterey County boasts some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in North America. The gentle east-facing slope of the vineyard is covered with Pacific Ocean fog every morning, leading to a very long growing season. Owned by Robert Talbott, these low yielding vines receive exceptional care.

The deep roots of these old vines add layers of minerality and complexity from the sparse gravelly loam soils. The vineyard’s unique terroir features rich, citrus focused fruit characteristics and spiciness that dominate this luscious Chardonnay.

TASTING NOTES:

Pale straw color. Honey, spice, and lemon come to mind when smelling this Chardonnay. I would describe this wine as power with grace. Notes of citrus and honey carry through to the palate. They are complemented by a crisp, yet rich and oily texture. The finish of the wine lingers with intense austerity. Drink now through 2012. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking