This vintage will be remembered for its long, cool growing season and the absence of
excessive heat events, which allowed for ripe flavors to develop on the vine without excessive
sugar accumulation. The resulting wines show an elegant balance of fruit and acidity with
lower alcohol. Particular care was taken to carefully manage the vineyard canopy, allowing
gentle breezes to freely circulate while still offering protection from late season sun. The
vintage was unusual, but the growing season allowed vineyard managers and winemakers
to show their skills at working in tandem with nature.
Monterey’s cooling fog and Pacific coastal breezes, drawn across the
Gabilan Mountains into the Salinas Valley, create an ideal climate for
growing Chardonnay, yielding wines with tantalizing tropical notes
and crisp acidity. Moderate temperatures lengthen the growing season,
allowing fruit to evolve with layers of distinct Central Coast flavors. This
wine comes from our 352-acre Shirtail Creek estate vineyard in Monterey.