This is my very first Chardonnay and I made it about as simply as you can. That said, there’s nothing simple about this wine! Pressed directly into barrels, it went through both primary and secondary fermentation on its own. All in all, this was fermenting for 8-9 months non-stop. I just stirred the lees every two weeks and that was about it! It’s a total olfactory wine. The powerful nose contains hints of crisp pineapple, melty banana, green apple, vanilla bean, creme brulee and that classic marine-influenced Santa Maria je ne sais qois that is synonymous with the region. On the palette, the wine pays off the nose perfectly with an added twist of Meyer lemon and peach juice to boot. Full malolactic fermentation added a plushness up front, but there’s great acid on this wine that carries it through and builds to a nice crisp snap on the finish, which just goes on and on and on. Thine lips shalt smack!
California, Florida, Minnesota
2012 Coruce Viognier: This Central Coast wine is 100% Viognier from a world famous vineyard near Santa Maria California. This wine was destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours then pressed off the skins and settled for 3 days and racked off its solids. It was then cold fermented for 21 days in stainless steel and aged for 10 months in neutral French Oak barrels.
This wine has aromas and flavors of Honeysuckle, citrus blossoms, white melon, apricot, peach and banana. Lush and viscous with a vibrant finish. Serve chilled.