2016 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay

The Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley is owned by Doug and Jan Circle. It sits at 215 ft. above sea level and consists of 155 acres, 91 of Chardonnay and 64 of Pinot Noir. It is the most northern and one of the western-most vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, only 15 miles from the coast, and benefits greatly from its unique marine influence. It is also one of the few valleys in the state that run East/West as opposed to North/South. An exceptionally cool growing season encourages slow ripening over a long period of time, allowing for the development of structure and flavor intensity.

Tasting Notes

Medium yellow hue. Scents of ripe pineapple, mango, banana, passionfruit pair nicely with notes of papaya, apricot, cloves, nutmeg and apple pie. Upon taste, tropical elements of pineapple and passionfruit stand out along with an infusion of grapefruit. Brisk acidity yet creamy richness give way to a pleasing texture. This Chardonnay finishes with brightness, minerality, and an extended finish. Enjoy now through 2026.

~ Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau

 

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Accolades:

92 Points / Antonio Galloni's Vinous

Transparent gold. Smoke- and spice-tinged tropical and citrus fruit aromas show very good clarity and pick up floral and mineral notes as the wine stretches out. Supple and seamless on the palate, showing good heft to the mango and tangerine flavors, which pick up a refreshingly bitter lemon pith quality on the back half. Lingers with strong tenacity, leaving hints of toasty lees and candied citrus fruits behind. Read more

92 Points / Anthony Dias Blue (The SOMM Journal)

Lush and rich, toasty and ripe, long and balanced; soft vanilla and smooth oak notes; tangy and fresh, bright and fresh; from a famed Monterey vineyard; fresh and juicy. Read more

92 Points / Jeb Dunnuck

(one-third new French oak) Transparent gold. Smoke- and spice-tinged tropical and citrus fruit aromas show very good clarity and pick up floral and mineral notes as the wine stretches out. Supple and seamless on the palate, showing good heft to the mango and tangerine flavors, which pick up a refreshingly bitter lemon pith quality on the back half. Lingers with strong tenacity, leaving hints of toasty lees and candied citrus fruits behind. Read more
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