2018 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay
91 points, Wine Advocate
Sourced from coastally influenced vineyards as far north as Gonzales in the Salinas Valley to our very own Chamisal VIneyard in the Edna Vallley. The commonality of these vineyards is their cool, maritime influenced climates that retain acidity and prevent overripe characters from developing in the grapes.
This Chardonnay is all about purity and focus. Clean, vibrant fruit aromatics show immediately in the glass, with notes of citrus, red apple and passionfruit. The palate showcases the ability of a chardonnay to be crisp while retaining opulence. Without the influence of oak, this wine exhibits a surprisingly round entry followed by long, linear acidity which is tempered by a slight creaminess from the partial malolactic fermentation.