2017 Chamisal Vineyards Califa Chardonnay
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now encompasses 80 acres planted to 5 varieties across three distinct soil types. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors. The fruit for our Califa Chardonnay was selected from the more elevated sections of the vineyard that produce naturally lower yields, resulting in intensity while retaining freshness and elegance. We consider these to be our very own “premier cru” blocks.
Our Califa Chardonnay opens with aromas of honeysuckle, apricot and clotted cream with underlying aromatics of wet flint and classic toasted oak brioche. The texture is broad and round as great Edna Valley Chardonnays should be, with focused acid lengthening the palate.