2012 Royal Oaks Chardonnay Central Coast

$25.00

These grapes are from three Central Coast locations.  50% are from the very cool climate of the Santa Maria Valley, which allows grapes to retain all of their delicate flavors as they ripen to maturity.  36% are from Edna Valley, a slightly warmer region to the north of Santa Maria and 14% are from Paicines, a warmer region in the hills east of Monterey, these grapes add ripeness and fullness to the palate.

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Description

Varietal Composition:  100% Chardonnay

The Vineyard:  These grapes are from three Central Coast locations.  50% are from the very cool climate of the Santa Maria Valley, which allows grapes to retain all of their delicate flavors as they ripen to maturity.  36% are from Edna Valley, a slightly warmer region to the north of Santa Maria and 14% are from Paicines, a warmer region in the hills east of Monterey, these grapes add ripeness and fullness to the palate.

Vintage:  Cooler than normal summer and fall temperatures made for a very long ripening season.  This long “hang time” (with almost no rain during ripening) resulted in very concentrated flavors at ripeness.

Harvest:    Average brix:  25.2  pH:  3.46  TA:  0.70 g/100ml

Fermentation:  The grapes were picked in the cool morning and immediately pressed.  After chilling and settling the juice, the clear juice was racked and barrel-fermented at cool temperatures to preserve the fresh fruit flavors. 100% malo-lactic fermentation.

Cooperage / Aging:  The wine was aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.

Sensory Notes:
Color:  Medium straw
Aromas:  Lemon and pineapple, with notes of peach
Palate:  Fresh tropical and peach flavors, rich mouthfeel

Bottling Date:  June 14, 2013

Cases Produced:  40

Final Technical Info:  pH:  3.57  TA:  0.62 g/100ml  Alc:  14.4%  RS:  less than 0.1%

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