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2014 Estate Chardonnay

2014 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
McIntyre Estate
Harvest Date
September 2014
pH
3.35
Aging
Neutral Oak Barrel
Bottling Date
July 2015
Alcohol %
14.32
Wine Enthusiast
93
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SKU: 14EstChard - MI12414A
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While it is never easy to compensate for Mother Nature’s peculiarities, this wine is undoubtedly enhanced by the work we did in the vineyard. It is a blend of two separate harvesting dates (early and late) from our Dijon clone 76 block. The vines are vertically shoot positioned (VSP) and the crop was thinned to a maximum of three tons per acre. Row orientation is north/south which provides even sun exposure from morning and afternoon.

At McIntyre our winemaking style is minimalistic. We endeavor to let the beautiful fruit shine through with limited intervention. The grapes for this Chardonnay were harvested and hand-sorted in the early morning hours. Primary and malolactic fermentations were carried out with the wild, indigenous yeast and bacteria that naturally thrive in the vineyard. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
McIntyre Estate
Harvest Date
September 2014
pH
3.35
Aging
Neutral Oak Barrel
Bottling Date
July 2015
Alcohol %
14.32
Wine Enthusiast
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2014 Estate is one of our boldest, most complex Chardonnays to date. It offers an intensely aromatic bouquet redolent of nectarine, pear, key lime, guava and grilled almonds. The palate is rich, opulent and creamy with a complimentary blast of French oak in the finish. While it is remarkably concentrated and voluptuous, this Chardonnay also displays the grace and elegance typical of our Estate bottling.
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