Vineyard and Region Information: We source our Coastview Chardonnay from two sets of terraces which face North and North East. We feel this aspect is optimal in this high elevation vineyard where the sun can shine intensely and we like to see the fruit ripen gradually. We have also noticed that as a result of underlying differences in the soils, these blocks each produce unique signatures of Chardonnay with the North-facing terraces having more weight and depth, while the East-facing terraces bring intense varietal character and floral notes.
Vintage Notes: 2017 was an excellent vintage in virtually all respects. A good set during Spring flowering set us up for good yields. Temperatures remained fairly moderate all year until just before harvest when a substantial heat spike impacted some vineyards. Fortunately, the high elevation, mountain top exposure and proximity to Monterey Bay of the Coastview Vineyard helps moderate those heat spikes.
Wine Notes: This is our eighth vintage of Coastview Chardonnay and we can definitely say that experience with a vineyard counts when it comes to getting the most out of it, and finding that balance that delivers a compelling and age worthy wine. We have learned to better anticipate the rapid ripening that occurs just before harvest so that we do not overshoot, or jump the gun on picking. Given the challenges of 2017 with heat spikes heading into harvest, nailing the pick was not a walk in the park, but I feel we could not have done better with this wine. All of the pieces are there in the balance we like to see them.
This is a vintage of the Coastview Chardonnay that expresses the terrior with beautiful purity and precision. The pale straw color is the first indication. On the nose, delicate floral aromatics mingle with hints of marzipan, and stone fruit. On the palate, the wine is intense and mouth filling on the entry, unfolding to reveal a dense mid palate and a long, long finish that gives one a chance to contemplate the delicate and beautiful character of this wine. This is a wine with impeccable balance - beautiful creamy mouthfeel, brilliant acidity that keeps it fresh, and complex and nuanced flavors on the palate.
Approachable at release, though improved significantly with a decanting, the wine will continue to gain complexity and character over the next 3-5 years and age gracefully for at least 10+ years, especially from magnum.
We recommend pairing this wine with seafood, white meats with citrus glazes, or simply enjoyed on a nice afternoon.