2016 San Simeon Chardonnay, Monterey
This family farms estate vineyards in Monterey ensures the ultimate level of grape quality. The well-drained, loamy sand soils of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco AVAs create a unique terroir, perfectly suited for Chardonnay.
Their dedication to quality continues in the cellar. Winemakers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons employ traditional techniques: barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and sur lie aging. All vineyard lots are fermented separately to preserve their individual flavors. After fermentation, careful blending creates the greatest degree of complexity.
San Simeon Chardonnay is a rich, mouth-filling wine with ripe, tropical fruit flavors with complements of citrus and pear. The nose reveals bright fruit and toasty oak with hints of vanilla and spice. Mineral notes express the rocky terroir of the vineyards. This structured and well-balanced wine shows a lengthy finish with potential to age.
The nose exudes aromas of apple and pear backed up by notes of toasty brown spice and butterscotch.
Flavors of peach, apples, and pears interweave among elements of toasty oak, clove, and vanilla. Medium-bodied with rich flavors lifted by a lovely acidity, this is a well-made, wonderfully balanced Chardonnay.
From Wine Enthusiast:
Aromas of Pink Lady and Gala apples meet with seared pear on the nose of this bottling. There's a hint of sweetness to the palate, where pan-seared apples, butter, sea salt and warm peach tones make for a fairly rich experience.