Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Vineyards Chardonnay 2015
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2015 was a classic low yield - high concentration vintage. The soils at this vineyard promote acidity in the grapes and the north and east facing terraces slow the ripening down. We gently whole cluster press the Chardonnay to tank where we settle it overnight before racking to barrel. It usually takes about a week for the fermentations to begin spontaneously, and then several more weeks for them to complete. The long and cool fermentation helps preserve the floral aromatics of the Chardonnay. Aged on the lees and then racked to a stainless tank where it spends another five months before bottling. We find that finishing the wine in stainless helps to tighten and focus the wine. We bottle without fining or filtration. The wine will open up when decanted, and should age gracefully for ten plus years.
Proprietor Bradley Brown has developed a unique but compelling style of Chardonnay from this 2,400-foot-high vineyard east of Salinas. Dynamic aromas of walnut, preserved lemon, sea salt, marmalade and butter show on the nose. The palate starts with hazelnut paste, then becomes chewy with chalk and toasted marshmallow flavors. Smoke carries into the finish. Every sip provides a new sensation.
Score: 92, Matt Kettmann, June 1, 2018
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