This is a fantastic small-lot, single-vineyard Chardonnay from Riverview Vineyard.
Riverview Vineyard is a 340-acre, cold-climate, sustainably-farmed that overlooks the Salinas River. It is situated on the east side of the Salinas Valley just below the Pinnacles National Park, four miles east of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
The grapes were hand-picked and gently whole-cluster pressed. The juice was chilled and lightly settled, then racked off of the heavy lees to a stainless steel tank. A slow, cool fermentation helped preserve the fresh aromatics and lively texture. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (42% new).
The nose is complex, forward and pure with hints of stone fruit, grilled almonds and toasted oak. On the palate the wine delivers the perfect mix of flavour, richness and structure.