2009 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 fl avors of apple, pear, lemon, and apricot fl avors with hints of fresh earth all wrapped up in a blanket of spicy French oak. The fi nish is silky smooth with just a whisper of hazelnut and nutmeg essence. 

Medium straw hue. This Chardonnay oozes with banana, custard, honey, while it is framed by fresh lemon pie and vanilla bean notes. While these aromas run strong through the palate, hints of apple, pear, and butterscotch hold this wine back from being over the top. Tangy acidity paired with a lush mouth-feel give this wine a multi-layered, robust fi nish. Drink now through 2017.  

TASTING NOTES:

Medium straw hue. This Chardonnay oozes with banana, custard, honey, while it is framed by fresh lemon pie and vanilla bean notes. While these aromas run strong through the palate, hints of apple, pear, and butterscotch hold this wine back from being over the top. Tangy acidity paired with a lush mouth-feel give this wine a multi-layered, robust fi nish. Drink now through 2017 - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking